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The Fugitive Paperback – April 1, 2007

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Billed as a novel, this less than compelling account by one of Italy's top authors of crime fiction focuses on the six years he spent as a fugitive from Italian justice for a murder he claims he didn't commit. After an Italian court upheld his murder conviction in 1979, Carlotto (The Goodbye Kiss) lived in Paris, Madrid and Mexico City. He describes in some detail his various disguises, people he met in the expatriate communities, techniques for evading capture and sources of income—primarily his family and wages as a translator. What's lacking, however, is any sense of urgency. During his years on the run, Carlotto was never pursued by Italian authorities; he finally gave himself up in 1985. Though fortunate for him, the result is a flat, suspenseless plot. Originally published in 1994 in Italy, this short book contains frequent digressions into local politics and the machinations of Carlotto's legal case—including his eventual presidential pardon—that interfere with his story of personal flight. (Apr.)
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Carlotto, considered one of Italy's foremost crime writers, spent time in prison for a crime he did not commit. The victim of a politically motivated conspiracy, he also spent time on the lam, a fugitive from justice, living in foreign countries under false identities. This is the lightly fictionalized story of those years on the run, and it's a gripping tale, whether read as a novel or as a memoir. Carlotto's ordeal began in 1976, when he was charged for a murder and convicted; running out of appeals and knowing the fix was in, he decided to run, and between 1982 and 1985--the focus of this novel--he created a variety of identities, supported himself with numerous menial jobs, and learned that trusting in others is a very risky business. As exciting as that other Fugitive, this roman a clef (originally published in Italy in 1994) combines compelling crime drama with a searing portrait of a justice system gone horribly wrong. It also reads like a step-by-step guide on how to live under the radar. David Pitt
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions; First Edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933372257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933372259
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Smallwood on June 16, 2009
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I read this book on a recent plane trip and found it to be a fascinating examination of the author's years in exile and jail time for a crime he did not commit. Contrary to another reviewer's opinion, I did not find the book to be jumbled or disorganized. The author begins the story with his betrayal by a hired lawyer who was supposed to help him start immigration proceedings in Mexico, where he was then living. The book is not meant to be a chronological approach, but rather deals with the psychological and emotional issues around exile and the Kafka-esque experience of the Italian judicial system of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

The other review is correct in that the book is quite short.
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This is an astounding writer and this book helps the reader to understand his beginnings. The negative reviews of The Fugitive leave me puzzled. As the cliche goes, I couldn't put this book down. Wish all his books were translated into English. If you want to know the Italy of today, then read this writer.
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I disliked everything about this book.
A bunch of lies and wishful thinking .
I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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