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Pirandello began writing it in 1909. In an autobiographical letter, published in 1924, the author refers to this work as the "[B]itterest of all, profoundly humoristic, about the decomposition of life."

Vitangelo, the protagonist, discovers by way of a completely irrelevant question that his wife poses to him that everyone he knows and everyone he has ever met has constructed a Vitangelo persona in their own imagination and that none of these personas corresponds to the image of Vitangelo that he himself has constructed and believes himself to be. 

The listener is immediately immersed in a cruel game of confusing projections, mirroring the reality of social existence itself, which imperiously dictate their rules. As a result, the first, ironic "awareness" of Vitangelo consists in the knowledge of that which he definitely is not; the preliminary operation must therefore consist in the spiteful destruction of all of these fictitious masks.

Public Domain (P)2018 BN Publishing

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tough read. tough listen.

With this being a playright and translation to English from Italian I struggled to read this book so, that is why I ended up doing the audible book. I find that it was just as hard to listen, as the narrator was terrible. Very robotic and monotone. the story itself was ok, the concept was interesting although rather redundant.

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brain tickler

narration is stilted and I feel like that contributes to the stories difficulty to grasp. definitely makes you examine yourself and how others view you but I think some things are lost in translation.