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The Rosselli Cantata: A Brief Family Chronicle [Kindle Edition]

Anthony S. Maulucci
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Book Description

"Almost a folk tale in its lucidity and simplicity, and yet a beautifully told story of just one man's Italian-American experience. All wrapped in an interesting plot of vendetta." -- Dan Leone (Goodreads review)

“There are passages in The Rosselli Cantata which are written with the simplicity and strength of a folk tale. Maulucci has a fine grasp of Italian-American life and a lucid style in which to show it. The characters in The Rosselli Cantata are particularly elemental -- the deaf-mute Dominic with those bare feet that looked like the stumps of a tree, the son Salvatore who kneels in the soil of his dead father's farm a generation later and rubs the limestone dirt into his face and weeps until it turns to mud -- these are powerful images. I thought of Cavaleria Rusticana and Pagliacci while reading this brief book; it has the same verismo.”
-- Eugene Mirabelli, author of The World at Noon

Born into poverty in Southern Italy, Salvatore Rosselli stumbles upon success in America after giving up the search for the cousin who murdered his father in their native town of Apulia. Having pursued his father’s killer to Naples and then New York City, Salvatore meets Renata, a beautiful young woman from Rome, while hunting for Gatto Rosselli on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1925. He falls in love, and Renata agrees to marry him if he gives up his quest for revenge. He capitulates, marries Renata, starts a business, and raises a large family. Blessed with good fortune in the new world, Salvatore is nevertheless tormented by his vow to avenge his father’s death. His opportunity finally comes thirty-eight years later, when Salvatore, an ailing middle-aged man, is resting in a deserted public park. But a strange, final twist of fate convinces Salvatore to forsake vengeance and when his end comes a short time later, he has at last found the peace that has eluded him for so long.

Editorial Reviews


". . . a compelling new novel, The Rosselli Cantata is a song with various changes in mood and tempo. The style of storytelling is beguilingly Italian." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune, June 15, 2001

"A strong writer with much to say." -- Letter from Robert Giroux of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Publishers

"Maulucci is committed to getting his work out, and Lorenzo Press seems to be holding steady."
"Maulucci is an accomplished writer." -- The New London Day, May 25, 2001and October 24, 1999

“Capturing fear, family, love, hate, and peasant spirituality . . . paints a multi-dimensional picture.” -- Voices in Italian Amreicana, Fall 2001

From the Author

When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother told me the family secret about his life in Italy and unwittingly planted the seed for this novel. However, she was unable to provide many details, so I did research and invented the rest. I was fascinated by the bizarre twist in the fate of his father's killer and my grandfather's chance encounter with him near the end of his life, and I imagined how it made him feel, how it helped him transcend the bitter injustice of an unpunished crime, and how it could have restored his faith in God's love and allowed him to die with peace in his heart. It was an ending I couldn't have made up. I wrote the first draft in New Haven after I returned to the States from Montreal, revised it, and sent it to Robert Giroux at FS&G. He was very encouraging, but I put it aside to work as a freelance writer in NYC. The story wouldn't leave me alone, and I returned to it several years later. It was a book that had to be written.

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  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 121 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YMMAL8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting story that is familiar to me. January 8, 2008
This is truly an amazing story because it is based on real events, albeit fictionalized to protect the innocent. My grandmother told me the story of how her father had to leave Italy because of a deaf mute cousin who was killed on his property by accident, how a priest helped him come to America and how she came to America with her step-mother and older brother. Her father had several more children by the 2nd. wife and 2 of those half siblings, sisters, were deaf mutes. It was amazing to read and watch the story unfold from the son's point of view. At a recent reunion with the family it was acknowledged that the true ending of the story was that it really was an accident after all. My cousin, A. S. Maulucci, wrote a beautiful story to immortalize this wonderful Italian family and all of their struggles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Close to Home October 11, 2010
The Rosselli Cantata was a great story, so close to home. I felt that I was sitting around the kitchen table with my father telling the story. Our family is from Canosa, a city near Cerignola. I have been looking for inspiration to write my dad's memoires and this book certainly inspired me to continue with my writing. My father said that in the evening, around a lamp or candlelight, his mother would tell stories, much like the Rosselli story. This was their entertainment, since they didn't have electricity or T.V. These stories are important in preserving the culture of these places in Southern Italy. Anthony has done marvelous work in his narrative style. I was very pleased in finding this book through Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 14, 2008
It was exciting to see a book written about my husbands "family". The book is very interesting and makes us want to know more.
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More About the Author

Anthony S. Maulucci is an Italian American poet, playwright, novelist and painter. He worked in professional theatre and enjoyed a prominent career as a freelance writer before becoming a college professor of writing and literature. In 1989, he founded the Green Tiger Writers private workshops and in 1995 launched an independent press to bring out his first novel, The Discovery of Luminous Being, followed by Adriana's Eyes and Other Stories, The Rosselli Cantata, Dear Dante, 100 Love Sonnets and Anxious Love. He has also published poetry chapbooks and writing guides for both fiction and poetry. Visit for further information. He holds an M.A. from Wesleyan University and is a recipient of the Rosengarten Award for Fiction (Harvard University) and the Jordan Davidson Poetry Prize (Barry College). He was born in Hartford, Connecticut and has lived in Boston, Montreal,...

"To all my many literate friends: Anthony Maulucci is a writer well worth reading. I had the privilege of publishing his early work in Connecticut Artists Magazine back in the late 70s-early 80s. Currently residing in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, he is nevertheless a quintessential American writer who has influenced several generations of artists with a commandingly stark but highly moral insight into the human condition. And, his stories are fun! Check him out!"

-- David Alvarez, Florida author and educator


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