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The Worst Intentions

Alessandro Piperno

[an overview of the reviews and critical reactions]

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Title: The Worst Intentions
Author: Alessandro Piperno
Genre: Novel
Written: 2005 (Eng. 2007)
Length: 307 pages
Original in: Italian
Availability: The Worst Intentions - US
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Avec les pires intentions - France
Mit bösen Absichten - Deutschland
  • Italian title: Con le peggiori intenzioni
  • Transalted by Ann Goldstein

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Why we haven't reviewed it yet:

Had a go at it, but gave up 85 pages in; the Judeo-sexual obsession and lack of any real action finally got to be too much (Howard Jacobson and Philip Roth fill our quota of the former, too many other books also offer the latter)

Chances that we will review it:

Not good

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Review Summaries
Source Rating Date Reviewer
FAZ . 20/3/2006 Peter Körte
The NY Times Book Rev. . 19/8/2007 Alison McCulloch
The New Yorker . 24/9/2007 .
World Literature Today . 9-12/2005 Martha J. King

  From the Reviews:
  • "Immer noch eine Metapher, immer noch eine Pirouette, noch ein Superlativ. Räsonieren und Erzählen liegen im Dauerclinch. Es gibt lange Strecken, auf denen sich der Erzähler entspannt, weil er schlagende Situationen und monströse Momentaufnahmen aus dem Familienalbum vorführt, um diese Präzisionsarbeit gleich wieder zu verwässern. Da schielt ein Buch dauernd nach den großen Vorbildern, will immer mitten im sogenannten prallen Leben und doch zugleich schlauer sein als das ganze triebgesteuerte Treiben, bis es weder das eine noch das andere ist." - Peter Körte, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

  • "Piperno's method, in this translation by Ann Goldstein, is to use lavish descriptions of his characters to tell the story, and while he's frequently perceptive and wily, these complex portraits ultimately fail" - Alison McCulloch, The New York Times Book Review

  • "There’s no plot per se, but Piperno’s headlong prose is worth the ride, by turns slangy and incantatory, incisive and profane." - The New Yorker

Please note that these ratings solely represent the complete review's biased interpretation and subjective opinion of the actual reviews and do not claim to accurately reflect or represent the views of the reviewers. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. We acknowledge (and remind and warn you) that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure.

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Notes about the Reviews
and the Book's Reception

       Apparently it made a big splash in Italy: prize-winning, best-selling, much discussed.

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The Worst Intentions: Reviews: Other books of interest under review:

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About the Author:

       Alessandro Piperno was born in 1972 and teaches French literature.

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