First, there was a great deal of droll humor, which I was not expecting. I love how the first chapter gives such a vivid portrait of gypsies (Romani?), which is totally incidental to the main plot. But what an interesting way to begin!
I found the lead character, Firmino, to be quite endearing. Indeed, virtually every character in the novel, even the minor ones, was vividly presented. Loton was particularly memorable. I also enjoyed the "interviews" that Firmino conducted.
What was with an address to the jury that references Kafka, Camus, and Jean Améry? Would such an approach actually work with any jury anywhere?
I must say, in my experience, it is unusual for a European author to set a novel entirely in a different European country with no connection made in the novel to the language in which it is written. (I presume it was written in Italian.) Anyway, I found this to be a highly enjoyable novel.
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