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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Villard; First Edition edition (July 7, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679400826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679400820
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,523,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The first U.S. publication of Italian writer Mannuzzu is a signal event. Judge Valerio Garau of Sardinia dies after swallowing a cyanide-laced liver pill while his mistress, herself a magistrate, looks on. The nameless narrator of Mannuzzu's elegant, labyrinthine procedural (winner of Italy's Viareggio Prize in 1989) is a brooding investigative judge who sifts metaphors as well as clues in his hunt for Garau's killer. Stranger in style than in substance, this meditative novel circles around the dead man's dark secrets: his hoarding of stolen archeological artifacts; the suicide of his alcoholic sister; his homosexual trysts with his typist and with a photographer implicated in a gay juvenile prostitution ring. Garau's neurotic ex-wife, his mistress and her jealous husband are all suspects. The atmospheric narrative (felicitously translated by Shepley) unfolds in 1978-1979, its action framed by the Red Brigades' kidnapping of Italian politician Aldo Moro, which accentuates the theme of modern Italy's social malaise. Mannuzzu, a poet, former judge and member of Italy's parliament, works at the Center for Government Reform in Rome.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

When the ineffectual narrator investigates the mysterious death of a fellow judge during Holy Week on the island of Sardinia, he uncovers the deceased's odd relationships with a group of eccentrics that included his relatives, his ex-wife, and his mistress, as well as art-smuggling and child prostitution rings. This prize-winning Italian novel is named for legal procedure, which the author's epilog calls "a means without an end (in both senses)." Mannuzzu, who heads the law department of the Center for Government Reform in Rome, must have intended to give readers a sense of the procedure's grind and futility. Yet as intelligently written as this book is, at the end the findings of the investigation have no major significance. Worse yet, there is no feeling of sympathy for the characters, no empathy for its unnamed narrator, no acknowledgment of Mediterranian island life. What readers do sense is that investigative work is dull and numbing--or that something got lost in the translation.
- David Nudo, New York
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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