Saturday, September 08, 2007


You can read my review of The Fugitive by Massimo Carlotto at:

It is story of his time on the run and in prison, and was the first book written after he recieved a presidential pardon.


Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Your review seemed surprisingly lighthearted for a story with such grim subject matter. You mentioned that Carlotto's sense of humor must have helped him through his ordeal. Is this book less grim that his novels?
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8:52 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

The book is not quite as grim reading as his novels. You know that eventually despite all the traumas it will turn out alright in the end. But perhaps his ability to look back at really desperate situations and find something to laugh at struck a chord. It is a rare book that can make you laugh and cry on the same page and Carlotto achieves this feat.

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uriah - my review is (I hope!) waiting in maxine's inbox (many belated thanks for passing your copy on to me). I fully agree about the tragi-comic aspects. I feel that Carlotto displays remarkably little self-pity given the situation!

11:20 AM  
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2:54 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks laurar. Carlotto seems to have the ability to look back and dissociate himself from the events he lived through. If he could not he would be probably be just overwhelmed by self pity.

2:15 AM  

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