Ostensibly a satirical look at psychoanalysis and its practitioners, this novel is also a serious social critique of modern man. Camon's narrator consults a series of therapists, searching for the source of his mysterious maladies. Camon draws parallels between his narrator's experiences and the experiences of Man in a morally disintegrating Italy. From his depcitions of pompous therapists to his analysis of the intersection of church and state, Camon's wit and wisdom shine.
Ferdinando Camon (born in Montagnana 1935) is a contemporary Italian writer. He is married to a journalist and has two sons: Alessandro Camon, a film producer/writer who lives in Los Angeles, and Alberto, who teaches criminal procedure and lives in Bologna. He has contributed to a number of Italian and foreign daily newspapers, including La Stampa, l'Unita, Avvenire, Le Monde and La Nacion. Perhaps Camon's best known work in English is his trilogy of fictional memoirs consisting of The Fifth Estate (Il Quinto Stato), Life Everlasting (La Vita Eterna), and Memorial (Un altare per la madre).