Midnight in Sicily

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Harvill Press, 1999 - Italy - 323 pages
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When Giulio Andreotti, seven times Italian Prime Minister, was put on trial on charges of mafia involvement and incitement to murder, the fabric of daily life and dying in southern Italy was put into question. Slowly, the all-pervasive power of the Cosa Nostra and their unchallenged bosses began to be uncovered. Peter Robb lived in southern Italy from 1978 to 1992, the years when Andreotti was at the height of his power. In late 1995 he set out to untangle the hidden history of corruption and violent death. His story of the mafia and its political friends is also the story of Sicily, its opulent coasts, its stark interior, its extraordinary art and rich food, its layers of culture from east and west. Robb's book provides the story of Italy's south, the land of emigrants, so different from the prosperous north but so central to the country's sense of itself.

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User Review  - theonearmedcrab - LibraryThing

The one book about Sicily I read, during a short trip, is “Midnight in Sicily” (1996), written by Peter Robb. Although the book is advertised by its sub-title, on arts, food, history, travel & Cosa ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce_McNair - LibraryThing

This book tells the story of modern Sicily from its liberation in WW2 to the mid 1990s. Prior to this period, the Mafia, or Cosa Nostra, had existed as another layer of society between the people and ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

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 has recently completed a book on Carvaggio entitled M.

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