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The Last Words of Benito Picone

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The Last Words of Benito Picone by Anthony Marra

Three detached people find each other against all odds. The world leaves the three of them high and dry but, in the most unexpected of circumstances, the encounter between them creates a most wonderful friendship. Two solitary exiles named after tyrants and one lonely alcoholic – whom we, the writer insinuates, would probably call weirdos – tie their fates. The delicate humor, the fine writing and the narrator’s confident tone brings us one of the most optimistic and cheerful pieces, despite the plot’s very morbid backdrop. The Last Words of Benito Picone is a wonderful urban tale, a contemporary legend without an ounce of irony which reminds you of literature’s power to simply put a smile on your face and warm your heart.