The Catholic School: 1,300 pages of masculinity explained

Book review: Edoardo Albinati’s novel moves between fiction and philosophy to explore violence

Edoardo Albinati: the apparatus which he employs to 'explain' the crime is retrograde or basic sociology/psychology.  Photograph: Camilla Morandi/Getty Images

Edoardo Albinati: the apparatus which he employs to 'explain' the crime is retrograde or basic sociology/psychology. Photograph: Camilla Morandi/Getty Images

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. The impetus of Albinati’s novel is to explain; however, he doesn’t do this through the form of the novel, but mostly through the form of a sociological tract. 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.

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