The Book Reviewer
“For the Best in Books”

Book Review


The Goth Mythos of The Invisible Papers.

Byline: The Book Reviewer

Title of Book: The Invisible Papers

Author: Agostino Scafidi

Publisher: Agostino Scafidi

Date of Publication: 2014

Page Count: 134

The Invisible Papers, is the second novel written by Agostino Scafidi, who is also a photographer. This novel is the dark side of jabberwocky, the Italian undertoad of Generation X.

Written in the third person, one, a sophisticated and truncated dialogue on this blue, blue planet, the postmodern angst and bubbling violence of the dispossessed. A philosophical one way conversation, a dance with anger and enlightenment, an urban angst artist/soldiers storybook. O’ the Zen and the anarchy, the warrior presents a preamble to war:

“Why has one been handed the burden of procreation? Is he or she not a free person? Is one obliged to perform with a chosen partner deemed fit by a supposed superior or authority figure? What if they have absolutely no attraction to each other? Apparently his or her tastes and preferences are irrelevant! Who do you think you are? Do you really expect them not to respond to your provocations? Do you see he or she as a weakling walking around the city with their head down gladly avoiding confrontation whenever it pops up? Not at all! One will kick you to the curb! One won’t stand for your black cloud and will make sure you remember it. Just try it and you’ll see.”

The interloculator, “The Dark Lord” a dark persona borders on Goth mythos:

“Don’t worry! Don’t worry! Don’t worry! Everything will be okay! Everything will be all right! Look at the smile on his face! How could you not put your faith in such a mug? That’s what they thought. Again at this moment one wishes to give you a wink but as always, such subtle and insightful visual expressions are never translated well enough to the written word.”

The interwoven themes include suicide, violence, dark embattlements around money, love, food and what clothes to wear. And also the dialectic of the warrior as artist and the artist’s process:

“Where did his or her pen go? If someone took it from them then their thoughts would not cease, his or her hands would continue the motions. You cannot stop their heart by removing their hands.”

And other noteworthy excerpts:

“The freedom to revel and even destroy is absolutely crucial otherwise you are left with nothing less than tyranny. One is everyone’s enemy and the masses are asleep. Well that sounds a little better than the amount of sense it might make. However if you look deep enough into anything; sense is always there to be made, wouldn’t you agree?”

“They’re just going to start filling up space now, you’re at their whim and they don’t care if you suffer! It’s time to get sadistic and test your patience to the absolute limit! Do you believe them? It’s entirely possible that they’re lying through their teeth! The funny thing is you won’t know until you know.”

Not this Writers usual read but an innovative presentation of the darkside North America, it makes me wonder if this author could explore writing science fiction or gothic thrillers.

“Be afraid, be very afraid” the last word in “it was a dark and stormy night”, The Invisible Papers by Agostino Scafidi.

Available at Amazon Canada.

Available at Amazon United States.

Available at Amazon United Kingdom.

Genre: Horror, Gothic, Fiction

The Book Reviewer

© 2013