From the Inside Flap
"The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily is one of the noblest books I know. At once a tragic inquiry and a philosophical history, the novel examines ambition, violence, and revenge in the voice of an adult explaining things to children--a voice that is simultaneously wise, wry, and wrong. Little wonder that it is not only my favorite book, but Lemony Snickets as well." --Daniel Handler
"The Bears Famous Invasion of Sicily is one of the noblest books I know. At once a philosophical history and a tragic inquiry, the tale also contains a magic wand, a haunted castle, and a giant sea serpent, which automatically make any story much more interesting. Little wonder that it is not only my favorite book, but Daniel Handlers as well." --Lemony Snicket
About the Author
Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) was a painter, playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, opera librettist, mountaineer, and science fiction writer, andfrom the age of twenty-two until his deathworked as a journalist with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera
. In writing his books, he drew on folk tales, but he believed that fantasy should be written with all the detail of a newspaper account. Buzzati's most famous book for adults, The Tartar Steppe
, shares with The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily
a concern with the difficulty of keeping up one's courage in a confusing and often threatening world.