Enzo Siciliano, Author Mercury House $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-916515-22-5
Editor of the Roman literary magazine Nuovi Argomenti, Siciliano has written an intriguing novelhis ninthabout the downfall of a corrupt Italian family. The narrator, Carlo, an aspiring writer and a diffident young man of homosexual tendencies, travels to Calabria to catalogue a library for wealthy landowner Don Diego. It soon becomes clear that Carlo's sole purpose is to search for the will of Don Diego's older brother Liborio, who is lying in a coma. Two other brothers have met mysterious deaths; at stake is a valuable strip of coastal property. Carlo discovers Liborio's illegitimate daughter locked in a room, and the two commence a torrid relationship. A suicide, a political assassination and a murder all seem to pass by in a dream as Carlo becomes obsessed by this mad cast of characters that includes a fascist turned Mafia chieftain, an oversexed village priest and a whore. Obscure, artificial, maddening at times, Diamante is, nevertheless, the work of a gifted writer. (February 1)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1987
Release date: 01/01/1987
Genre: Fiction
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