Midnight in Sicily

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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.

South of mainland Italy lies the island of Sicily, home to an ancient culture that—with its stark landscapes, glorious coastlines, and extraordinary treasure troves of art and archeology—has seduced travelers for centuries. But at the heart ...

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Overview

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily.

South of mainland Italy lies the island of Sicily, home to an ancient culture that—with its stark landscapes, glorious coastlines, and extraordinary treasure troves of art and archeology—has seduced travelers for centuries. But at the heart of the island's rare beauty is a network of violence and corruption that reaches into every corner of Sicilian life: Cosa Nostra, the Mafia. Peter Robb lived in southern Italy for over fourteen years and recounts its sensuous pleasures, its literature, politics, art, and crimes.

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"A wonderful book, enthrallingly told."—The Boston Globe

"Quite simply the best book in English about Italy."—The Economist

"Peter Robb presents a labyrinthine tale that brilliantly juxtaposes essays on food and art with historical accounts."—Sandra Mardenfeld, The New York Times Book Review

"Extraordinary . . . As an introduction to post-war Italy . . . it can have few equals."—The Times Literary Suplement (London)

"Robb has written the finest recent book on Sicily. . . . Midnight in Sicily is as exquisitely prodigal as its subject."—Stephen Metcalf, Slate.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312426842
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 433,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Robb has divided his time among Brazil, southern Italy, and Australia for the last quarter century. He is the author of A Death in Brazil and M: The Man Who became Caravaggio, which was a New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     xi
A Market     1
A Secret Kiss     43
A Case of Knives     77
A Thin Man and a Fat Man     119
A Prisoner     159
A Bad Habit     199
A Realist in Rome     235
A Woman's Life     263
Friends     299
A Lover Denied     337
A Maze Maker     371
Midnight in Sicily     399
Postscript     439
Some Players     447
Sources     451
Excerpt from A Death in Brazil     461
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