Being yourself is exhausting, isn’t it?
You have to maintain a certain status, express your real opinions about what you care and what you hate, sometimes making your friends angry or sad.
That’s why we mostly create alter-egos to survive, our other self that allows us to maintain peace and serenity in our little world.
Today, I introduce you to some of the best books about people and their duals.

The late Mattia Pascal – Luigi Pirandello

Maybe the first book that comes in mind, it’s about a man that fakes his own death to create a new self, a dual, Mattia Pascal, to survive in his world and make all once again, perhaps in the best way possible.
It’s Pirandello, I have to add nothing.

Eliza and her monsters – Francesca Zappia 

A YA masterpiece about anxiety disorder and the collision between who you want to be and who you truly are, in between of the perception of the others.
Eliza is a silent and worried teen famous online for a web comic about a fantasy story followed by a large number of people. What she will do when everyone discovers her real dual?
A warm hearted story about leaving the teen years and entering the adult world, without interrupting dreamin’.

Forget my name – Zerocalcare

We don’t think about a thing so much: who our parents truly are before being our parents?
Zerocalcare, the Italian master of the graphic-novel genre, investigates about his mother past, discovering she has now an alter-ego because of a dark secret that made her reinvent herself. You’ll cry a lot.
This book is the first graphic-novel nominated to the important Premio Strega.
I have to add nothing.

The Count of Montecristo – Alexandre de Dumas

Famous classic by the Dumas that inspired also the cult tv show Revenge, it’s a story about a man that wants revenge for all the people that made him prisoned in the past. He takes justice with his alter-ego Count of Montecristo, not understanding till the end who he is and who his dual is.

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

Real-life memoir of the author journey into a psychiatric clinic in the late sixties.
She wrote a diary about her borderline disorder, making her survive and struggle with the duality of the self that this mental disorder gives.
It’s violent, raw and extremely real. Not for delicate stomachs.

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

“Madame Bovary c’est moi!” exclaimed Flaubert when the novel was out, making us understand that she was his alter-ego, creating the first dualism between author and his main character, throwing the base to every novel will come in te late XIX century.
This classic is a masterpiece about the dualism between who you are and who you want to be, where you’d live and the reality you live in, especially for the romantic and dreamy ones.