For non-Italian speakers, here’s a few choice cuts of what Cristiano De Majo said about the third issue of The Milan Review, which consists entirely of Travels in Central America, the latest novella by Clancy Martin.
1. “The graphic design is already an invitation to read, the modernist wrapping, the typographical refinement, the paper inside—and fortunately the literary quality of the content isn’t shadowed by such beauty.”
2. “In Martin’s novella, where everything seems to become, perhaps ironically so, a triumph of stereotypes—Mexico, the Latin lover, alcohol abuse—everything sounds extremely credible, powerful, three-dimensional.”
3. “Martin’s style does the lion’s share. Reduced to the bone, severed from embellishments, of a miraculously descriptive simplicity, with rapid-fire dialogues, it produces characters that stick to the reader.”
Nice, right? We knew it was good, but it’s always good to feel like you’re not crazy. To be part of, as George Costanza might say, a society. So, in a spirit of kinship and brotherhood, order your own copy over at The Store.