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The Catholic School by Edoardo Albinati, Antony Shugaar

The Catholic School

Edoardo Albinati, Antony Shugaar

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Imprint: Picador
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication date: 6 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781509856275

A novel that takes the reader into a closed world of privilege and tradition: for fans of crime fiction, but also true crime - a study of class, religion, and how a worldview which sees violence as an integral part of masculinity, and any empowerment of women as a threat to men's dominance, can only end in tragedy.

2 stars out of 5
Sean Hewitt
19 Aug 2019

"moves between fiction and philosophy to explore violence"

I have read The Catholic School so you don’t have to. And that, my friends, is true Catholicism. This much-lauded and hefty novel, originally published in Italy in 2016, appears now for the first time in English... Though the book does have some interesting things to say on fascism and its endurance, these are buried amongst such a heavy word-load that such insights are practically impenetrable... Even if Albinati would defend his character as representative of the toxic masculinity the book seeks to explore, surely we have heard enough from such voices. Any woman or LGBTQ+ person has endured such explanations and provocations on innumerable occasions. We do not need more novels that simulate the experience.

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