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Back to Bologna - Michael Dibdin Enormously funny, as the ever cynical Dibdin pokes fun at post-post modernism, overblown celebrity of several kinds, and the corrupt culture of celebrity in these various fields, while using with great humour the time honored and very convoluted device of mistaken identity, with nods to Shakespeare and others (so that we can not fail to miss them) late in the book. The use of overblown characters well illustrates the outrageous reality of these basically foolish cultures, and holds them up to mockery, the mockery in a bitter-sweet fashion extending even to the protagonist. I wonder, not for the first time in reading this series of Zen novels, whether the dysfunctional relationships that Aurelio keeps building for himself are not too well understood by the author. For me, the many references to the very observable follies makes the whole novel extremely enjoyable, not so much as mystery or police procedural, but as social commentary, thus 5 stars!