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The Yellow and the Black

Tobias Jones: Fiction and reality in Italian noir

20 May 2004
The Colombian Mule 
by Massimo Carlotto, translated by Christopher Woodall.
Orion, 156 pp., £9.99, December 2003, 0 7528 5733 9
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The Shape of Water 
by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
Picador, 249 pp., £6.99, February 2004, 0 330 49286 1
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The Terracotta Dog 
by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
Picador, 343 pp., £15.99, February 2004, 9780330492904
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Almost Blue 
by Carlo Lucarelli, translated by Oonagh Stransky.
Harvill, 169 pp., £9.99, August 2003, 9781843430865
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The Advocate: A Sardinian Mystery 
by Marcello Fois, translated by Patrick Creagh.
Vintage, 128 pp., £6.99, June 2004, 0 09 945374 6
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... In Padua, on 20 January 1976, a young girl called Margherita Magello was repeatedly stabbed and left for dead. She was discovered by Massimo Carlotto, a 19-year-old student radical and member of Lotta Continua, who tried to save her, and, in doing so, got covered in her blood. She died, he was arrested and, a pawn in the struggle between Lotta Continua and the police, was tried for her murder ...
26 January 1995
The Ruin of Kasch 
by Roberto Calasso, translated by William Weaver and Stephen Sartarelli.
Carcanet, 385 pp., £19.95, November 1994, 0 85635 713 8
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... Roberto Calasso is an Italian publisher who writes erudite works of non-fiction so elegantly self-indulgent they can be marketed as novels. He is working on a trilogy, or perhaps tetralogy, of which The Ruin of Kasch is the first part, and The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony (which preceded it in English translation) the second. According to the author, the former deals with history, the latter with myth ...

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