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That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
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Well, since I don't remember this one at all - even when I look thru it now - I'll cheat & use the translation of the 1st paragraph of Italo Calvino's Introduction:

"In 1946, when he started That Awful Mess on Via Merulana, Carlo Emilio Gadda intended to write not only a murder novel, but a philosophical novel as well. The murder story was inspired by a crime that had recently been committed in Rome. The philosophical inquiry was based on a concept announced at the novel's very outset: nothing can ever be explained if we confine outselves to seeking one cause for every effect. Every effect is determined by multiple causes, each of which has still other, numerous causes behind it. Every event, a crime for example, is like a vortex where various streams converge, each moved by heterogeneous impulses, none of which can be overlooked in the search for the truth."

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June 24, 2008 – Shelved
June 24, 2008 – Shelved as: literature

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