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Arbasino Style: ‘Be wary of warning signs’

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Keywords: Alberto Arbasino, Style, Contamination, Hybridity, Irony.

The essay is a tribute to Alberto Arbasino, the great writer recently deceased, as well as a critical review of his work. Arbasino, a very cultured and sophisticated writer, stands out due to his unmistakable and personal style. In short, his style is characterized by a contamination of genres, resulting in an interconnection between, and a blending of, various genres. The main features of Arbasino’s books are typical of both modernism and post-modernism and include the removal of borders between literature, theatre and art, a truly encyclopedic vocation, hybridity, and irony. Arbasino also challenges the separation between high and low culture, hence why every critic and reader should ‘be wary of warning signs’.

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