Peter Robb's is one such talent, and "Midnight in Sicily" combines incisive thoughts on politics and gangsterism with reflections on food, art and literature that are so richly evocative that one's senses are attuned not only to Sicily's olive groves and caponata but to its corpses and smoking ruins. This book is about this history of the Sicilian mafia as part of the formal and informal structures of life in Sicily. The Midnight referred to in the title is the dark period in the lead up Until I was over halfway through this book, I wasn't really sure what it was about. I knew it was Sicily, Cosa Nostra (the Sicilian mafia), and apparently all the hidden must-see places in Sicily, but I didn't understand how these all tied together.
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. Categories: Other Social Sciences.
The book was first published in 1996. Spending fourteen years in southern Italy, Peter Robb recounts his journey into the Italian mezzogiorno - chiefly Sicily, but also Naples, and reveals its culture, history, art, literature and politics
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From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily. Peter Robb has divided his time among Brazil, southern Italy, and Australia for the last quarter century. What Our Readers Are Saying.
A journey into the heart of Sicily, using art, food, history and literature to shed light on southern Italy's legacy of political corruption and violent. Starting in Palermo I understood from this book why you hear doors banging shut, the odd voice, but you don’t see anyone about. Other books by Peter Robb. A Death in Brazil (A Book of Omissions). Genre: s, Historical. Street Fight in Naples (A City’s Unseen History). Genre: Historical, Nonfiction.
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.
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.