Author(s): Gianni Riotta
The Second World War has just ended, and Colonel Carlo Terzo, a brilliant military strategist, retires to Sicily with his beautiful Russian wife Emma. There he spends long afternoons tutoring two young lovers Salvatore, a poet, and the feisty, aristocratic Fiore. But the Terzo household becomes caught in a standoff between rebel peasants and the murderous private army of Fiore's malicious mother. Will Carlo finally be given the chance to measure his learning on a real battlefield? (Preceeding text courtesy www.harpercollins.com.au) Paperback (B-Format)
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'As intoxicating as a glass of fine Italian wine... Set in Sicily, it is so evocative you can almost smell the scent of olives, and love, in the air. But Riotta's novel is not just two love stories -- it also contains one of the most thrilling battle sequences I've read in years, a fitting climax to a story so touching it fills my heart with pleasure just to write about it.' Daily Mail 'As romantic as Doctor Zhivago, as colourful as Garcia Marquez, Gianni Riotta writes with the vigour of a lover and the crisp knowledge of an academic... If only historians wrote like Riotta.' Observer 'A splendidly conceived entertainment delivered with style and wit.' Independent 'An entertainment proper for the thinking person... it works for Umberto Eco, it works for Indiana Jones, and now it works for Riotta: the rip-roaring romance with the scholarly plot.' Michael Pye, New York Times 'Gianni Riotta is a born writer... His books are the stuff of contemporary life.' UMBERTO ECO
Gianni Riotta is a novelist and journalist who is currently the co-editor of La Stampa, one of Italy's leading newspapers. This is his first book to be translated into English. He lives in Turin and New York.