WINNER OF THE PREMIO CAVALLINI 2011 & THE  PREMIO BAGUTTA 2007  “The Italian Joseph Conrad” Libero, 09/07/2011 “A 20th Century Balzac” Il Giornale, 09/09/2011 The Confines of the Shadow The Confines of the Shadow is a sequence of novels and short stories that map the transformation of the Libyan city of Benghazi from a sleepy Ottoman backwater in the 1910s to the second capital of an oil-rich kingdom in the 1960s. Alessandro Spina’s saga begins in November 1912 with The Young Maronite, which sees Italian soldiers solidifying their control over Libya’s coasts, leaving Libyan rebels to withdraw to the desert and prepare for a […]