The Colonial Conquest: The Confines of the Shadow Volume I

The Colonial Conquest: The Confines of the Shadow Volume I

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The Colonial Conquest: The Confines of the Shadow Volume I by Alessandro Spina

In Lands Overseas is the first volume of Alessandro Spina’s epic, The Confines of the Shadow, a sequence of novels and short stories that map the transformation of Libya, particularly the coastal city of Benghazi, under the pressure of Italian colonization.

This volume is divided into three sections—The Young Maronite, The Marriage of Omar and The Nocturnal Visitor—which are set between 1912 and 1927. At its outset we find Italian soldiers solidifying their control over Libya's coasts, leaving Libyan rebels to withdraw to the desert and prepare for a war that would rage for over a decade. The readers is then led to explore the divided Libya of the 1920s, when an Italian governor ruled from Benghazi while Sidi Idris al-Senussi, the head of the Senussi dynasty and future Libyan king, governed from Ajdabiya. Voices from all sides bicker over whether to reconcile or fight, though many simply try to make space for whatever small pleasures life amidst political upheaval might allow.

Employing a cosmopolitan array of characters, ranging from Ottoman functionaries, to Libyan aristocrats and Italian officers, Spina chronicles the colonial experience in Libya with breadth and feeling. Distinguished by an intimate understanding of East and West, this work and its companion volumes comprise among the most significant achievements of 20th century fiction and stand unchallenged as the only multi-generational epic about the European experience in North Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628728385
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alessandro Spina was the nom de plume of Basili Shafik Khouzam, who was born into a family of Syrian Maronites in Benghazi in 1927. His first story was published by Alberto Moravia in 1955 and he maintained a steady literary output throughout his life, counting many eminent Italian writers as admirers. His work was shortlisted for the Strega and Campiello prizes and, when it was published in full, The Confines of the Shadow was awarded the Bagutta Prize.
André Naffis-Sahely is a renowned Italian-Iranian poet, critic, and translator. He received a BA in History and Politics and an M.Litt in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews. His debut collection, The Promised Land, is forthcoming from Penguin. He is the recipient of a 2016 Writers in Translation award from English PEN. He has written for The Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, The Economist, and is a contributor to Words Without Borders. He lives in Los Angeles.

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