CASTLE OF SHADOWS
A Family Saga
by Anna Lawton
Pub Date 8 Oct 2019
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This enticing family saga unfolds on the background of Italian history from 1870 to 1950. The rich narrative tapestry includes a castle in the Piedmont countryside, three women, three generations, and a multitude of minor characters. It brings to the fore individual lives and human predicaments, personal feelings and universal themes. The lives of the three main characters, apparently ordinary, but actually tragic in their inexorable decline, are placed in a coral context that includes: the castle dwellers and the villagers, industrial entrepreneurs and socialist agitators, stars of the silent screen and working girls, American officers in WWI, fascist thugs and victims of the regime, a rogue and an honest prostitute, a singer of the Neapolitan varieté, a Russian prince, a descendant of Sir Walton the pirate, a band of partisans, a liberal priest, and even a domestic leopard.
A Note From the Publisher
paperback $26.00, ISBN: 978-1-7330408-1-5
“This novel is a large narrative fresco with visual impact, historical scope and sustained pace, which makes us think of Bertolucci’s cinematic epic 1900. ”
— Roberto Severino, Professor Emeritus. Georgetown University. Washington DC
“The reference to The Leopard is the first thing that comes to mind because of the analogous situation of an old prominent family experiencing its gradual decline, but also Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann and The Family Moskat by Isaac Singer.”
— Riccardo Riccardi, composer, artist and author.
“It’s a beautiful story. The language is impeccable, not overly literary (unnatural), and not overly conversational (sloppy) either. It’s the perfect language for this story, a saga with its truth filtered through the fabric of narration. It’s the work of a novelist, not of a memoirist.”
— Camilla Baresani, author of four novels, the latest is Himalayan Pink Salt.