Malavita by Tonino Benacquista
A Novel

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A smart fish-out-of-water conceit, but it’s a little ungainly, never quite settling on a tone with which to crack wise about its wiseguys.
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Imagine The Sopranos transplanted to the French countryside….
 
This thrillingly comic, internationally bestselling Mafia farce is the inspiration for the major motion picture The Family starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones, and produced by Martin Scorsese.

The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycée. Or so it seems.

In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who’s been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI’s witness protection program. He’s got a two-million-dollar bounty on his head, but he and his family can’t help attracting attention (imagine the Sopranos in Normandy). And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it’s Mafia mayhem à la Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper, or like The Godfather as if written by Carl Hiaasen. Because while you can take the man out of the Mafia, you can’t take the Mafia out of the man.


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About Tonino Benacquista

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Tonino Benacquista was born in France in 1961. He is a screenwriter, cartoonist, dramaturge, and the author of four crime novels published by Bitter Lemon Press, among them Holy Smoke. Benacquista won a Cesar (French Oscar) in 2006 for the script of Jacques Audiard's The Beat that My Heart Skipped. He lives in France. Alison Anderson 's translations for Europa Editions include novels by Sélim Nassib, Amélie Nothomb and Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. She is the translator of Muriel Barbery's novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a New York Times bestseller.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Penguin Books. 283 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 05 2013

A smart fish-out-of-water conceit, but it’s a little ungainly, never quite settling on a tone with which to crack wise about its wiseguys.

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