Midnight In Sicily: On Art, Feed, History, Travel and la Cosa Nostra (Paperback)
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year
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. 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.
“A wonderful book, enthrallingly told.” —The Boston Globe
“Quite simply the best book in English about Italy.” —The Economist
“Peter Robb presents a labyrinthine tale that brilliantly juxtaposes essays on food and art with historical accounts.” —Sandra Mardenfeld, The New York Times Book Review
“Extraordinary . . . As an introduction to post-war Italy . . . it can have few equals.” —The Times Literary Suplement (London)
“Robb has written the finest recent book on Sicily. . . . Midnight in Sicily is as exquisitely prodigal as its subject.” —Stephen Metcalf, Slate.com