Oscar Wilde – The Picture of Dorian Gray

A classic to read

Dorian Gray’s plot is certainly inflated by the inevitable school interpretations and numerous film versions, however, the work deserves to be read and re-read. The story of the beautiful and perverse gentleman who doesn’t want to grow old, embodies not only the decadent hedonism of the late nineteenth Century, but also many obsessions of our post-modern society: the obsessive attention to appearance, the fear of aging and disease, the anxiety of possession, the greed of experiences in which to exorcise the flight of time. Though the content of the novel is very present in our minds, the precious and sophisticated style deserves re-reading, as well as the witty aphorisms that punctuate the numerous dialogues. An essential reading.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)