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The Revolution of the Moon Paperback – April 18, 2017
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Praise for The Revolution of the Moon
“A tragicomic parable of justice . . . Camilleri laces this true tale of exemplary leadership with humor.”
“Bestselling and award-winning Italian author Camilleri offers a marvelous historical drama based on a true but little-known episode of 17th-century Sicilian history.”
“Garnished with sly wit and broad humor, the novel is a late Renaissance caper.”
"[Camilleri's] sly, wry approach to matters of morality, politics, crime and sexual dynamics seasons a stew of facts and fiction to perfection."
—Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
"Suspense, surprises, and courtly intrigues abound in this story of power that also doubles as a tribute to women and their sensibilities."
"Camilleri is back! This time with a novel that is entertaining, moving, and written in his hallmark and hypnotizing mix of Sicilian dialect and standard Italian...The Revolution of the Moon is, above all, an homage to women. Eleonora di Mora is both courageous and fiercely determined. More than a book, this is another jewel from Andrea Camilleri placed in a historical setting that feels tragically similar to our own."
—Wake Up News (Italy)
"Based on a truly captivating moment in history, Camilleri shows us how a woman triumphed over remarkable obstacles and, in the face of ceaseless scrutiny, how she proved to the world that she was as unwavering as the brightest moon."
—Words Without Borders
"Eleonora, a woman forgotten by history, will come alive to the reader. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to discover a remarkable, forgotten woman."
—Historical Novels Review
About the Author
Andrea Camilleri is widely considered to be one of the greatest living Italian writers. His Montalbano crime series, each installment of which is a bestseller in Italy, is published in America by Penguin Random House. Several books in the series have been New York Times bestsellers. His literary honors include the Nino Martoglio International Book Award. Born in Sicily, Camilleri currently lives in Rome.
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Camilleri performed a literary miracle recreating Donna Eleonora from the few scraps of information about her in the historic record. Being a woman, she did not much interest the male chroniclers of her times.
How she came into office, routed out the corrupt old boy network, escaped the traps of her enemies, and won the love of the populace makes a delightful story. There are even touches of humor, instances of murder, and glimpses of wily detective work, to remind us that this is Camilleri's pen at work. Camilleri also kindly gives us an Author's Note at the end mentioning his references and other interesting facts.
A charming read for fans of historical novels, feminist readers, and purely recreational readers of all stripes.
The pomp and circumstance of Palermo`s head of the City Council, acting in the name of the King of Spain and formally as a Papal Legate, is ironically a woman who cleans up a viper`s ers nest of Council and local Church