Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

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Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous

A small culturally mixed community living in an apartment building in the center of Rome is thrown into dissaray when one of the tenants is murdered. As each of the victim's neighbors is questioned by the police, readers are offered an all-access pass into the most colorful neighborhood in contemporary Rome. Each character takes his or her turn "giving evidence," recounting his or her story—the drama of racial identity, the anxieties and daily humiliations born of a life spent on society's margins, but also the hilarious imbroglios that are inevitable in this melting pot of cultures. What emerges is a moving story that is common to us all. 

With language that is as colorful as the neighborhood it describes, Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio is characterized by a seemingly effortless prose that borrows from the cinematic tradition of the Commedia all'Italiana, as exemplified by directors such as Federico Fellini.

At the heart of this bittersweet comedy, winner of Italy's prestigious Flaiano Prize for Fiction, is a social reality we often tend to ignore and an anthropological analysis, refreshing in its generosity, that cannot fail to fascinate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933372617
Publisher: Europa
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 125,611
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Amara Lakhous was born in Algiers in 1970. Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio won Italy's prestigious Flaiano Prize and prompted the critic Carlin Romano to ask in the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Do we have an Italian Alberto Camus on our hands?". Lakhous is also the author of Divorce Islamic Style and Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet.

Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.

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Clash of Civilizations over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JRCTL More than 1 year ago
This is a very peculiar little book that I will have to read again. The characters by themselves are interesting; but the scene changes made it a little challenging to remember how everyone fits into the story. I would recommend this to readers who are up for something off beat with just enough intrigue to entice you to read to the end.
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