The above video gives a flavour of our forthcoming book: Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers. It will be published by Tauris Parke and is due for release in March 2014 (Europe and North America). Amazon pre-order details are given below. The following information has been issued by the publisher.
“Without Sicily, Italy leaves no image in the soul. Sicily is the key to everything.” Goethe, Italian Journey
Rising up from the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily has a rich and ancient history spanning over 2,000 years. A bounty prized by invaders from the Greeks, Romans and Vandals to the Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Sicily’s violently beautiful landscapes are haunted by a vibrant mix of cultures and her soil has always been fertile ground for the literary and artistic imagination. This compelling guide uncovers the island’s multi-faceted personality through those literary figures who have managed to get under her skin – from Pindar, Cicero and Aeschylus to Shakespeare and Cervantes; DH Lawrence, Coleridge and Oscar Wilde to Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, Ezra Pound and Lawrence Durrell; as well as local writers who have defined the modern Italian novel – Giuseppe di Lampedusa and Leonardo Sciascia, among others. Through their words and lives we witness the beauty, pain and power of the Sicilian cultural landscape and discover how the potent mix of influences on the island’s society has been preserved forever in literature.
The book is now available on pre-order from Amazon
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