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Mezzogiorno (Hardback Edition)
Life. Death. Southern Italy.

Author: David Kerekes
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Format: Hardback
Size: 152mm x 229mm
Page Count: 186
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Weight (g): 250
Genre: Fiction
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A work of biography, autobiography, fable and fact, spanning three generations of southern Italian family life.

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"Europe ends at Naples and ends badly.
Calabria, Sicily and all the rest belong to Africa."
Creuzé de Lesser, 1806

No geographical map distinguishes Montefalcione as being different from any number of isolated mountain villages in southern Italy. It has ancient customs and its own saints and feast days, like other villages.

Yet Montefalcione in Campania is the setting for a unique meditation on family and the Italian Diaspora, reconstructing three generations of village life through myth, superstition, and the anecdotal history of the author’s own family.

The drama unfolds amidst a landscape of peasant riots, vicious landlords, religious festival, feuds, the collapse of the Fascist party, and the tarantella — a world lost to the changing face of the twenty-first century.

By David Kerekes, co-author of Killing for Culture and See No Evil.


Chapters:
                
              List of characters
  1. When entering the village of Montefalcione
  2. Italy Iantosca 1955
  3. The tradition of the chicken
  4. Bread & labour
  5. A slight earthquake
  6. Brigandage
  7. The evil eye
  8. Duce, fascisti!
  9. A dozen ricottas
  10. Sanduccio’s gate
  11. Jus sanguinis
  12. Contraband
  13. A fight at the wedding
  14. The drowning of Martignetti’s wife & daughter
  15. Montevergine
  16. The election day quarrel
  17. Natalina falls ill
  18. Zi Minuccio, the agent for the village
  19. Festa
  20. A toast to Saravatico
  21. Diaspora
              Bibliography & Sources
              Acknowledgements
              About the author


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