The Author, or The Characters’ Short Living Story

Facundo Raganato
Harvard Square Editions (2015)
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (06/15)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘The Author, or The Characters’ Short Living Story’ by Facundo Raganato on Blogcritics.

“The Author, or The Characters’ Short Living Story” by Facundo Raganato grabbed me from the synopsis, and hooked me from the first page until the very end. This is not your typical fiction book; it is a piece of genius literature. The story begins in a dark place or room with an oil lamp in the middle, and six characters. The only thing the characters have in common is the unknown journey they will be participating in together, along with ‘The Author,’ and ‘The Reader.’ The characters; Violet, Leo, Henry, Joe, Kimberly, and Lisa begin their journey contemplating questions. Where are they? Why are they there? What do they know? Do they remember anything? Their answers, or lack of them confirms only their ignorance.  As ‘The Reader’ I could relate with them; isn’t this ignorance what we all have when we first open our eyes from slumber? The story continues through their dialogue as they try to figure out what to do and get acquainted with each other. It is after they begin to get a little glimpse of each other’s personalities that ‘The Author’ makes his appearance to shake up what they think they know. Their journey then begins as they venture into darkness and different chambers, facing life threatening situations, each other, themselves, ‘The Author,’ and yes, ‘The Reader.’

Facundo Raganato produced a well written, entertaining, and mind wrenching story, but readers should not be fooled into thinking this is the only thing he has achieved. The philosophical content of “The Author, or The Characters’ Short Living Story” is the treasure behind each character, and behind each scene. Readers will not only search for the answers to the big questions while watching the characters’ journey through the chambers - or are they parallel universes, or maybe different dimensions, or different challenges in one’s life? The reader will also feel the frustration of powerlessness as they feel their journey is scripted; or is it moving towards destiny? Their conversations with the all-knowing Author could feel to readers very familiar as they try to solve his riddles or look for signs to figure out why he is putting them through their journey. I could go on unveiling all the different things readers will wonder through these pages, but the truth is that in the end the big reveal will be different for each reader.

I definitely recommend “The Author, or The Characters’ Short Living Story” by Facundo Raganato as a thought provoking genius five-star piece of literature to any reader who is not afraid to become part of the story and embark on the adventure and challenge ‘The Author’ will present to them.

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