That Summer in Sicily

Here is an epic drama that takes readers from Sicily’s remote mountains to chaotic post-war Palermo, from the intricacies of forbidden love to the havoc wreaked by Sicily’s eternally bewildering culture.

That Summer in Sicily

That Summer in Sicily

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she finds, accidentally, one summer while traveling with her husband, Fernando. There de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the patroness of the villa, an elegant and beautiful woman-of-a-certain-age who recounts her lifelong love story with the last prince of Sicily descended from the French nobles of Anjou. Sicily is a land of contrasts: grandeur and poverty, beauty and sufferance, illusion and candor. In a luminous and tantalizing voice, That Summer in Sicily re-creates Tosca’s life, from her impoverished childhood to her fairy-tale adoption and initiation into the glittering life of the prince’s palace, to the dawning and recognition of mutual love. But when Prince Leo attempts to better the lives of his peasants, his defiance of the local Mafia’s grim will to maintain the historical imbalance between the haves and the have-nots costs him dearly. The present-day narrative finds Tosca sharing her considerable inherited wealth with a harmonious society composed of many of the women–now widowed–who once worked the prince’s land alongside their husbands. How the Sicilian widows go about their tasks, care for one another, and celebrate the rituals of a humble, well-lived life is the heart of this book. Showcasing the same writerly gifts that made bestsellers of A Thousand Days in Venice and A Thousand Days in Tuscany, That Summer in Sicily, and de Blasi’ s marvelous storytelling, remind us that in order to live a rich life, one must embrace both life’s sorrow and its beauty. Here is an epic drama that takes readers from Sicily’s remote mountains to chaotic post-war Palermo, from the intricacies of forbidden love to the havoc wreaked by Sicily’s eternally bewildering culture.

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That Summer in Sicily
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Marlena de Blasi
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-08-05 - Publisher: Ballantine Books

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent if somewhat ruined castle in the mountains of Sicily that she finds, accidentally, one summer while traveling with her husband, Fernando. There de Blasi is befriended by
A Thousand Days In Tuscany
Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: Marlena De Blasi
Categories: Cooking, Italian
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-07-07 - Publisher: Virago Press (UK)

From the author of the national bestseller "A Thousand Days in Venice" comes this sumptuous, passionate memoir of a life in rural Tuscany that's now available in paperback.
Amandine
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Marlena de Blasi
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-05-18 - Publisher: Ballantine Books

Marlena de Blasi, the acclaimed author of such delectable memoirs as A Thousand Days in Venice and That Summer in Sicily, now brings her luminous prose to the world of fiction with this remarkable debut novel. Set against the backdrop of Europe as it moves inexorably toward World War II,
Money and the Corrosion of Power in Thucydides
Language: en
Pages: 360
Authors: Lisa Kallet
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2002-01-08 - Publisher: Univ of California Press

Wealth and power are themes that preoccupy much of Greek literature from Homer on, and this book unravels the significance of these subjects in one of the most famous pieces of narrative writing from classical antiquity. Lisa Kallet brilliantly reshapes our literary and historical understanding of Thucydides' account of the
A Thousand Days in Venice
Language: en
Pages: 243
Authors: Marlena De Blasi
Categories: Venice (Italy)
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Virago Press (UK)

When Marlena de Blasi traveled to Italy, she expected to fall in love with the country, not to be swept away by a Venetian man. Filled with the foods and flavors of Italy, "A Thousand Days in Venice" is an enchanting story.

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