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Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
The names Justine and Juliette could be familiar to the reader from the works of de Sade. Justine is the humble, religious sister, who suffers passively from the hand of faith, always hoping for a better future. While Juliette embraces her inner slut and tries to manipulate everyone with her sexual tricks.
It is clear that Manzetti used de Sade's girls as a model for his own sisters.
The novel takes place in an apocalyptic future, the last days of Earth and humanity. Overpopulation, poverty, lethal diseases, hunger and rampant violence and madness. Justine and Juliette are sixteen years old sisters who are sold to the greedy Madame of a bordello. The story follows their ordeals and adventures which are mostly deviant sexual activities. This main plot is often interrupted by separate short scenes and stories which paint a picture about life in general in this decaying future world.
The big problem with this book is the writing style. Alessandro Manzetti has published poems too, and his poetry is obvious in his prose too. He doesn't write anything simply and cleanly, he puts endless similes and metaphors in every scene, but it often just feels forced and makes the novel confusing and hard to read. Especially when sometimes he breaks off in the middle of a scene to start telling us some unrelevant thing or happening. This novel absolutly lacks natural flow, you need every ounce of your concentration to understand what is happening exactly or what is he talking about. In this regard this book is somewhat similar to Burroughs' Naked Lunch.
If you like brooding over dark poems and doesn't mind a slow read or frequent interruptions, then maybe you will like this novel too.
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