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.