One of Italy's leading writers recounts the sack of Otranto by the Turks in 1480. Like the film "Rashomon" or Robert Browning's "The Ring and the Book," this novel relates the events in overlapping tales told by survivors and victims. As "Otranto" weaves its web of memories, it also focuses on the beauty of everyday life: the essence of place - the fragrance of oleander, the feel of new linen and old wood, the sky, sea and wind, lovers and friends. Corti's style is riveting, her eye for detail compelling.
...A flawless translation...a tale that reverberates in the 20th century on different levels, making observations about class, gender and politics. (Publishers Weekly)
"Otranto" is...a detailed and poetic inquiry into the small, everyday things of life to which we don't always pay the attention they deserve and which are, after all, the essence of existence. (America Oggi)
...an inventive form that keeps replaying the historical event in a way that conveys the quicksilver shifts of reality;... a deft, sensitive translation by Jessie Bright. (Small Press)
This is an extraordinary, enjoyable novel with memorable characters. It is an excellent example of the historical novel.... With "Otranto," Italica Press continues to bring readers translations of some of Italy's most outstanding authors. (L'Italo Americano)
Originally published in Italian as "L'Ora di tutti."
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Published March 10, 2009
by Italica Press, Inc..
History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction.