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RstandingGiven these themes the twist is not a totally unexpected surprise but the intriguing after twist makes the reader think again about ambiguous details here and there which seemed out of place on a first readingBufalino is not well known now although Night s Lies won the Strega Prize in 1988 other winners include Pavese Moravia Morante di Lampedusa Landolfi Levi and Eco and a library is named for him in his home town of Cosimo Sicily Bufalino s prose via Patrick Creagh s excellent translation is picaresue rollicking rich and amusing although the stories do lag at times Read this while working up to Moravagaine But a warning Neither is a work for the prudish or faint of heart In prison sea surrounded are four prisoners who tell how they got there plotting for escape Unreliable narrators exciting and surprising to see how novel ends Never heard of author before and was pleasant discovery In some way short story collection Edited and pictures added 772020In this work translated from the Italian four men face execution by guillotine in the morning They are rebels anti monarchists anarchists It s the time of rebellion and unification of Italy led by the two Giuseppes Garibaldi and Manzzini Splinter groups have broken off Their jailer tries to dupe them into revealing the name of their leader still at large in exchange for their lives Will they take him up on his offer or not Only one has to give up his name for all of them to go free They spend their last night awake gazing through the bars at the contraption that awaits them lit by moonlight They tell stories of their mostly oung lives their first loves and how they got to where they are The book is structured like four short stories But unknown to them as they bare their souls they have an audience What secrets will reveal The title Night s Lies gives us a clue Although published in 1988 it is written a style as if it were written in a time contemporaneous to the story in the mid 19th Century It a style as if it were written in a time contemporaneous to the story in the mid 19th Century It an interesting book short but a little slow in places The author 1920 1996 wrote a half dozen novels all of them translated into English Night s Lies winner of Italy s 1990 Strega Prize is probably his best known work in English The book is also available in English under the title Lies of the Night Top photo of a famous Sicilian anarchist Errico Malatesta from WikipediaThe author from poesiainretecom beautifully constructed and written teaser of a book that retains a sting in the tail tale Very good history with at inesperated ending An existencialist discuss abou what o who we are and why the human an not the animal can feel guilty Honor nobility masks lies and subtle truths slipping through the bars of a prison in the early light of the sentence Not my thing The night before their execution a band of Italian criminalsrebels recount the defining moments of their life stories Kinda Arabian Nightsish kinda Decameron this novel is set in the days of kings and princes Largely lyrical slightly lurid likely intelligent not witty not intriguing not instructive not fast movin. D set up they search through their past to find some pattern that will give meaning to their fate.
Seaweed and mauled by fish on the rocks of the Black ForelandThe Governor is Consalvo De Ritis nicknamed Sparafucile after the great bass opera role for his fondness for gunfire who rages against the weakness
Brought On By His Illness Depicted Ason by his illness depicted as rat which has crawled in through the Governor s ear and taken up residence in his brainThe four condemned prisoners are Ingafu a baron hardened malefactor and assassin Saglimbeni self styled poet an imposing adventurer if ever there was one Agesilaos soldierof a circuitous cast of mind delighting in every kind of cavilling argument and Narcissus student seething with mutinous feelings towards any authority whatever These are the Four Evangelists to the Cabal members of the Republican Directory or the Holy Office which acts as an intermediary between their obscure leader known as God the Father and his lowly disciples Apprehended after exploding a bomb in an attempt to kill the King the four are lodged together with another doomed criminal Brother Cirillo A God fearing sanguinary brigandof vast intelligenceand by no means ignoble birth The five are sentenced to die
at dawn by guillotine However the revolutionaries are offered a chance to save their livesdawn by guillotine However the revolutionaries are offered a chance to save their lives they betray God the Father Brother Cirillo suggests that the four spend the hours before dawn while they are deciding by telling instructive moral stories from their lives in the time honoured fashionIn his story Narcissus saved from the waves the student recalls cross dressers and disguises the second guessing baron takes on the identity of his dead brother the soldierpriest corrupts his fellow orphans and kills his creator while the poet sees the reflection of a bearded cannibal bandit next to his own in a pond Each is a tale of deception double dealing and masksThe literary and philosophical allusions are all apposite the Decameron Byron Pascal George Sand are called upon The tales themselves are reminiscent of Calvino s The Cloven Viscount and The Baron in the Trees but even so of the illusory and ghastly and remarkable MoravagaineAt the conclusion Cirillo expresses his disgust rather than a confession or philosophical truth each man has paraded his weaknesses in a petty self serving story false and facileyou have all revealed The power (Novela) Version en español (Spanish Edition) yourselves in my eyes as either evil or weak or foolish tiny souls a shiver in a tinsel splendour And that is Bufalino s point Cirillo rants against the existential injustice of neitherou nor I nor any one of us having a solid imperturbably responsible I of his own For my own life no less than The Green Ghost and Other Stories yours my brethren and antagonists has been naught but a steady flow of multiple perceptions within a multiple selfMy fate has been the selfsame fate asours for I have been listening to السودان المأزق التاريخي وآفاق المستقبل you some some less falling in the same shiftings and shadow play and exchanges of personality and blindman s bluff which has been the warp and the weft of my own life We resemble all of us together the rotting shreds of dismembered cartulary Small part actorsou and I are in an endless sham Mummers in a weird and an odious misunde. Bourbon monarchy spend their last night before they go to the guillotine As they see the scaffol. .
Whimsical and intriguing at first this one eventually became a drag #sorry Elisa Some fun turns and passages but a lot of it had me wondering about translation artifacts I am not #Elisa Some fun turns and passages but a lot of it had me wondering about translation artifacts I am not sure how I came to pick up this book probably a recommendation from someone or other I am also not sure how to describe the book a group of political prisoners willing away or other I am also not sure how to describe the book a group of political prisoners willing away final night on earth by telling the stories of how they became embroiled in the political struggle having unbeknowing to them a traitor in their midst and thus unwittingly give up their biggest secret and the revolution s biggest asset the identity of their leader Then again it could also be that they did know of the prisoner planted in their midst to spy on them that the stories they told were scraps of false information sparsed out in order to divert suspicion from the real leader to someone else Maybe it was all a big ploy to get rid of a political rival Or maybe they were fooled after all Difficult to say Maybe it is the reader that was fooled halfway through I was getting impatient with the characters if I had figured out that the rebel leader sharing their cell encouraging them to tell stories was too good to be true why couldn t they Then again they might have Oh confusing But for whatever reason the book did not thrill me More than a bit obscure Though apparently highly rated this book left me a bit cold Gesualdo Bufalino was
Sicilian like other favorites of mine Leonardo Sciascia and Giovanni Verga Night s Lies takes Boccaccio s Decameron as a modellike other favorites of mine Leonardo Sciascia and Giovanni Verga Night s Lies takes Boccaccio s Decameron as a model instead of Dune Messiah young aristocrats escaping the Black Death in the convenient uarantine of a country estate outside Florence the narrators are four liberals friends men inspired by the French Revolution who now await the guillotine in prison for sedition They are the baron the soldier the student and the poet They are given a choice by the prison warden Should just one among them give up the name of their leader known only by the code name God the Father they may all go free if no one does off with their heads The prose when not admirably flat as in the early going can turn bombastic It s in these moments swelling like some heroic tale that I disliked it the most But it s compulsively readable There s something here of the Aeneid perhaps not surprisingly and something of the old chivalric tales which Cervantes so ably parodied The ending is truly a clinic of a jigsaw A literary thriller At 157 ppou can read it in one sitting The place of confinement is an island fortress It is known as an island but ought to be called a rock For it is nothing than a stack of volcanic tufa heaped up into the form of an enormous snout wearisomely steep in some places but for the most part bare sheer crag The strip of sea between it and the mainland is no wider than a keen eye can traverse None the less to cross it be it through the malice of the winds or of the currents is a hazardous business for vessels and totally beyond the power of any swimmer No one is ever known to have escaped but their remains have been recovered glaired with. In an island fortress prison four political prisoners sentenced to death for plotting against the. ,