The reliable narrator is a literary convention.
The dead alive and busy.
Asking a native to recommend a translation is like asking a local to recommend a hotel.
Fiction is like sugar — healthful when scarce, toxic in the great gobs in which we actually ingest it.
The self-justifying utterances of murderers, thieves, cowards, blowhards, and madmen all enter the quote books under Shakespeare.
When reading fiction, ask which of the villains you resemble.
One reads so as not to believe everything one reads.