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The nature of our suffering

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Sweet Dreams by Massimo Gramellini is an interesting piece of fiction. It shows the life struggle of a boy, later a man, who experienced a traumatic life event in his childhood - the death of his mother. The book portrays how an un-dealt trauma takes over a person's life and pushes him on the egoistic "I am a victim" path. Massimo, a little boy, a teenager, a man 20, 30 or 40 years old keeps blaming his mother's death for everything that is going wrong in his life. There isn't even one moment when he stops and ponders how her illness may have affected her life. The story shows so clearly that the nature of suffering comes from  a very egoistic attitude towards life.

Sweet Dreams is a worthwhile read. It is translated well enough to allow the reader to detect the author's sense of humour and to taste a bit of Italian flavour.