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Midnight In Sicily (Panther) [Paperback]

Peter Robb
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"One of the greatest charms of Robb's book is his evident delight in southern Italy, particularly its food, which is recorded with such intensity of memory that one can almost taste it... As an introduction to post-war Italy, to the country as well as its politics, it can have few equals" (Caroline Moorehead Times Literary Supplement)

"Robb writes brilliantly about the cycle of violence in southern Italy. This unclassifiable book melds politics, the mafia, travel, autobiography and serious cooking" (Andrew Taylor Independent)

"I love this book. It left me in a sweet and sour mood of exultation, grief, despair and hope which lasted for many days" (Peter Goldsworthy Australian Review of Books)

"One of the finest books on the Italian south. [Peter Robb's] analysis is as riveting in its commentary on modern Sicilian life as The Leopard was to an earlier generation" (The Economist)

"Peter Robb manages to celebrate the literature, art, manners and food of an entire region. His book is a masterpiece of elegant, sceptical enquiry and a pleasure to read" (Ian Thomson Evening Standard)

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Peter Robb's journey into Sicily is a wondrously diverse account of its art, culture, crime and corruption written in prose that feels as infected and beautiful as the island itself.

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'Brilliant.melds politics, the mafia, travel, autobiography and serious cooking' Independent

Peter Robb's journey into the dark heart of Sicily uses history, painting, literature and food to shed light on southern Italy's legacy of political corruption and violent crime. Taking the trial of seven-times Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti, for alleged Mafia involvement as its starting point, Midnight in Sicily, is a classic of cultural history which combines searching investigation with an exuberant, sensual appreciation of this beautiful and bewildering island.

See also: The Leopard

About the Author

Peter Robb was born in Toorak in 1946 and grew up in Australia and New Zealand. He arrived in Europe in 1971, working as a night-club bouncer in England, a philologist in Finland, and a teacher in France. He returned to Australia in the mid 70s and there taught English to immigrants. In 1978 he set off for South America, but he got no further than Naples. He spent the next 15 years in southern Italy teaching and writing. He is the author of several highly-regarded non-fiction books including A Death in Brazil, Street Fight in Naples and a biography of Caravaggio entitled M.
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