The Greatest Italian "Absurdist" Books of All Time

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Absurdist

Absurdist literature is a genre that explores the irrationality and meaninglessness of human existence. It often features characters who are trapped in absurd situations and struggle to find purpose or understanding in a chaotic world. Absurdist books challenge traditional notions of plot, character development, and narrative structure, and often use humor and satire to critique societal norms and conventions. This genre is characterized by its philosophical and existential themes, and its rejection of traditional literary conventions.

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  1. 1. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

    In this metatheatrical play, six characters come to life and demand that a theater director tell their tragic story, which was left incomplete by their author. As the director and his actors interact with these characters, the boundaries between fiction and reality blur, leading to a philosophical exploration of the nature of human identity, the reliability of art, and the unreliability of perception. The characters' story, involving a complex web of familial relationships, adultery, and suicide, further complicates the narrative, challenging the audience's understanding of truth and illusion.

    The 608th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. One, No One and One Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello

    The book tells the story of a man who has his identity shattered when his wife casually notes that his nose tilts to the right, something he had never noticed before. This seemingly insignificant comment leads him into an obsessive quest to understand how he is perceived by others, and he gradually loses his sense of self as he fragments into a multitude of characters. The protagonist's existential crisis intensifies as he realizes that everyone he meets perceives him differently, leading him to question his own existence and ultimately, his sanity.

    The 1614th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Naked Masks by Luigi Pirandello

    "Naked Masks" is a collection of five plays that delve into the complexities of human identity and the conflict between one's inner self and the roles imposed by society. The plays explore themes of madness, illusion, and existential uncertainty, often through characters who are caught in the tension between appearance and reality. The author uses the metaphor of the mask to represent the personas that individuals adopt in public, while questioning the nature of truth and the possibility of truly understanding oneself or others. The plays challenge audiences to consider the fluidity of identity and the performative aspects of everyday life.

    The 7168th Greatest Book of All Time

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