Simon Sobrero

Asking a Collective 'Why?'

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Review of 'Conversations in Sicily', Elio Vittorini (trans. Alane Salierno Mason), Canongate £7.99

After learning that his father has abandoned his mother, a man reduced to dull apathy but gripped by abstract furies returns to his roots and is reintroduced to the land of his past. Over three days in the Sicilian countryside he engages in tragicomic conversations with its people and rediscovers some basic human values.

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