"Franco Calamandrei rightly defined as 'esorcistica' ('exorcistic') the formula 'uomini o no' ('men or not-men'), which was the title Elio Vittorini gave to his bad novel about the resistance." - Claudio Pavone, "A Civil War: A History of the Italian Resistance"
I've read the Vittorini novel, and howled with delight when I read this sentence, for two reasons:
1. It is a bad novel, and my paper arguing that point is the only thing I wrote during my brief grad school stint (for a seminar led by Michael Hardt) to which I wish I still had access. The paper copy was thrown out during a move, and the electronic copy lost in a hard drive crash.
2. One would never see such a stark judgment on the quality of a literary work in a history book by an American academic author. It would be hedged about with qualifiers such as "problematic" instead.