Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.55 in
Published: September 1, 1996
Publisher: WW Norton
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0393315606
ISBN - 13: 9780393315608
From the Publisher
Set in the beautiful landscape and rich history of Umbria, Italy, Booker Prize-winning author Barry Unsworth has written a witty and illuminating work of contemporary manners and morals. The region where Hannibal defeated the Romans is now prey to a different type of invasion: outsiders buying villas with innocent and not so innocent dreams. Among those clustered along one hillside road are the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity; the Chapmans, whose dispute over a wall escalates into a feud of operatic proportions; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. Add to this mix a wily and corrupt British "building expert", and a lawyer who practices subterfuge and plans his client''s actions like military strategy, and you have a sharp, entertaining, and satisfyingly bittersweet work.
About the Author
Barry Unsworth is the author of "Losing Nelson", "After Hannibal", "Morality Play", the Booker Prize-winning "Sacred Hunger", & many other works. He lives in Italy.