By John Julius Norwich
Critically acclaimed writer John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent tale of Sicily right into a spellbinding narrative that areas the island on the crossroads of global history.
“Sicily,” acknowledged Goethe, “is the main to everything.” it's the greatest island within the Mediterranean, the stepping-stone among Europe and Africa, the hyperlink among the Latin West and the Greek East. Sicily’s strategic place has tempted Roman emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. the next struggles to beat and preserve it have performed the most important roles within the upward push and fall of the world’s strongest dynasties.
Yet Sicily has frequently been little greater than a footnote in books approximately different empires. John Julius Norwich’s engrossing narrative is the 1st to knit jointly the entire colourful strands of Sicilian heritage right into a unmarried finished learn. here's a shiny, erudite, page-turning chronicle of an island and the impressive kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its beginnings as a Greek city-state to its emergence as a multicultural buying and selling hub through the Crusades, from the uprising opposed to Italian unification to the increase of the Mafia, the tale of Sicily is wealthy with impressive moments and dramatic characters. Writing along with his commonly used deftness and humor, Norwich outlines the brilliant impact Sicily has had on global history—the Romans’ fascination with Greek civilization dates again to their sack of Sicily—and tells the tale of 1 of the world’s such a lot kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing, modern way.
This quantity has been decades coming—Norwich started to discover Sicily’s colourful heritage in the course of his first stopover at to the island within the early Nineteen Sixties. The dean of well known historians leads his readers throughout the millennia with the regular narrative hand of a grasp instructor or the world’s such a lot realized journey advisor. just like the island itself, Sicily is a e-book brimming with daring flavors that begs to be revisited back and again.
Praise for Sicily
“Suavely readable . . . The very version of a favored historian, [Norwich] writes to offer excitement to the typical reader. And what excitement it is.”—The Wall road Journal
“Entertaining on each web page . . . there's something historical and sorrowful in Sicily, ‘some darkish, brooding quality,’ simply as attractive as its spellbinding heritage or its appealing and sundry landscapes, from shorelines to lemon groves, pine forests to volcanoes. . . . the main amiable and freewheeling of publications, Norwich will continuously make time for the fun anecdote.”—The Sunday Times
“Utterly engrossing . . . written with ardour concerning the paintings and structure of this magical island, full of gossipy tidbits and sweeping historic theories.”—The day-by-day Beast
“Dazzling . . . Norwich is an elegantly sleek and enjoyable storyteller.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
“Charming . . . richly nuanced heritage relayed with huge, immense fondness.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A brisk and always-lively tour.”—Open Letters Monthly
“Norwich is deeply in love with Sicily. [His] boundless affection has encouraged a decided attempt to appreciate its painful prior. the result's impressionistic, as love frequently is.”[b]—The Times[/b]
“Norwich sketches personalities vividly. . . . He does the island and the reader a beneficiant carrier in supplying such an amiable introduction.”—The Sunday Telegraph
“Norwich tells [Sicily’s] lengthy, unhappy yet interesting tale with sympathy and brio.”—Literary Review