Contemporary Italian Narrative And 1970s Terrorism

Author: David Ward
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319466488
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This book is about literary representations of the both left- and right-wing Italian terrorism of the 1970s by contemporary Italian authors. In offering detailed analyses of the many contemporary novels that have terrorism in either their foreground or background, it offers a “take” on postmodern narrative practices that is alternative to and more positive than the highly critical assessment of Italian postmodernism that has characterized some sectors of current Italian literary criticism. It explores how contemporary Italian writers have developed narrative strategies that enable them to represent the fraught experience of Italian terrorism in the 1970s. In its conclusions, the book suggests that to meet the challenge of representation posed by terrorism fiction rather than fact is the writer’s best friend and most effective tool.

A Brilliant Darkness

Author: Joao Magueijo
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0465020089
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On the night of March 26, 1938, nuclear physicist Ettore Majorana boarded a ship, cash and passport in hand. He was never seen again. In A Brilliant Darkness, theoretical physicist João Magueijo tells the story of Majorana and his research group, “the Via Panisperna Boys,” who discovered atomic fission in 1934. As Majorana, the most brilliant of the group, began to realize the implications of what they had found, he became increasingly unstable. Did he commit suicide that night in Palermo? Was he kidnapped? Did he stage his own death? A Brilliant Darkness chronicles Majorana's invaluable contributions to science—including his major discovery, the Majorana neutrino—while revealing the truth behind his fascinating and tragic life.

The Novel As Investigation

Author: JoAnn Cannon
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 0802091148
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Detective fiction is a universally popular genre; stories about the investigation of a crime by a detective are published all over the world and in hundreds of languages. Detective fiction provides more than entertainment, however; it often has a great deal to say about crime and punishment, justice and injustice, testimony and judgment. The Novel as Investigation examines a group of detective novels by three important Italian writers - Leonardo Sciascia, Dacia Maraini, and Antonio Tabucchi - whose conviction about the ethical responsibility of the writer manifests itself in their investigative fiction. Jo-Ann Cannon explores each writer's denunciation of societal ills in two complementary texts. These investigative novels shed light on pressing social ills, which are not particular to Italian society of the late twentieth century but are universal in scope: Sciascia focuses on abuses of power and the death penalty, Maraini on violence against women, Tabucchi on torture and police brutality. In addition, each of these texts self-reflexively explore the role of writing in society. Sciascia, Maraini, and Tabucchi all use their fiction to defend the power of the pen to address "il male del mondo." The Novel as Investigation will be of interest to a broad audience of readers, including those interested in Italian and comparative literature, Italian social history, and cultural studies.

Inquisition And Inquiry

Author: Anne Mullen
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781899293421
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This study focuses on the narrative form which figured prominently in Sciascia's literary production in the 1970s and 1980s, that is, inchiesta, the non-fiction investigative essay, based principally on Manzoni's Storia della colonna infame [The Column of Infamy]. In his inchieste Sciascia investigates episodes in history, from the time of the Inquisition through to his own contemporary times, where intolerance and injustice outmatch human weakness and fear. This study considers Sciascia's commingling of detective and investigative writing, and his attempts at historiography. One striking feature of his narrative technique is his reliance on literature to interpret the past.

Ettore Majorana

Author: Francesco Guerra
Publisher: Scuola Normale Superiore
ISBN:
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The career of Ettore Majorana, a highly renowned theoretical physicist, was brief but very intense, and he disappeared in March 1938 in circumstances that still are not completely clear. This volume examines his scientific, academic and human personality.

Mathematics And Culture Iv

Author: Michele Emmer
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783540342540
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This book concerns comics and what was, in 2003, a developing tradition of Disney-style comic-strips. It also deals with the Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. Several of his images can be seen in animated form. It also talks of theatre and cinema too. For example, Luca Viganò's curious theatrical spectacle in Genoa about Evariste Galois. It talks about war and peace, ageless themes. All this and a tribute to the mathematician Ennio De Giorgi.

Leonardo Sciascia

Author: Joseph Farrell
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"In this, the first critical study of Sciascia to appear in English since his death, Joseph Farrell examines the various aspects of his work as novelist, critic, essayist, journalist and acerbic political observer to show how the historical and cultural complexities of Sicily shaped his wider vision of life." "A tenacious opponent of the Mafia, Sciascia recreated the detective story both to give voice to his opposition and to continue his own quest for an order founded on the values the Mafia contradicts - justice, truth and reason. His output falls into two categories, works of historical and contemporary fiction, and 'essay-investigations' which delve into mysteries from his own time and from the past. Sciascia always confronted the central political and moral issues of the day, and with most of his work now available in translation, this is a timely study of an important and influential Italian writer."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved