Blogs in January 1970

The Terracotta Dog 1st January 1970

“The Terracotta Dog” opens with a mysterious tete-a-tete with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead Inspector Montalbano gives to a secret grotto in a mountain cave where two young...

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The Leopard 1st January 1970

In Sicily in 1860, as Italian unification grows inevitable, the smallest of gestures seems dense with meaning and melancholy, sensual agitation and disquiet: “Some huge irrational disaster is in the making.” All around him, the prince, Don Fabrizio, witnesses...

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Naples ’44: An Intelligence Officer in the Italian Labyrinth 1st January 1970

Norman Lewis is one of the least appreciated authors and travel writers fot he last century. The city is liberated in 1944 by the Allies and this book captures the bleakness and futility of war, yet the the true...

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Pompeii 1st January 1970

A sweltering week in late August. Where better to enjoy the last days of summer than on the beautiful Bay of Naples? But even as Rome’s richest citizens relax in their villas around Pompeii and Herculaneum, there are ominous...

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The Stranger at the Palazzo d’Oro 1st January 1970

A young American walks into Sicily’s Palazzo d’Oro during the ’60s. Penniless, but swaggering with youth and burgeoning artistic talent, he accepts a proposition to become the companion to a beautiful and beguiling aristocrat. Their affair – formal and...

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