Book of Love | Washington Examiner

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Perhaps the greatest risk a male author can take nowadays is to write about women and his relationship with the finer sex, but Francesco Pacifico has gleefully taken it upon himself to kick the literary hornet’s nest. With The Women I Love, the Italian novelist, whose two previous novels have been translated into English, has written a bawdy and melancholic novel about the perpetual struggle between the masculine and the feminine, with a surprisingly deft, yet harsh, touch.

Marcello, the published poet/editor who’s “too much of a snob to do much of anything,” is the novel’s narrator, signaling that The Women I Love is yet another one of those books in which fact and fiction are indecipherably tangled. The familiar literary ingredients, the highly self-aware narrator and upper-class social dynamics, are present in the novel, but what separates it…

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