We reached the town just after three in the afternoon, and as all the towns and villages in this southern region of Italy it was eerily quite and its streets deserted, people here take their afternoon siestas seriously, most shops and public places were closed. We parked the car not far from a small square close to a park where we saw a group of elderly men and women sitting on the benches chatting. The historical centre was a fortified part of the town that had bastions and high walls and where you can enter the town centre through particular gates […]
Alessandro Spina's The Confines of the Shadow: A multi-generational series of novels set in Benghazi from 1912 to 1964.
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 […]