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That awful mess on the Via Merulana

Author: Carlo Emilio Gadda; William Weaver
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2007.
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a large apartment house in central Rome, two crimes are committed within a matter of days: a burglary, in which a good deal of money and precious jewels are taken, and a murder, as a young woman whose husband is out of town is found with her throat cut. Called in to investigate, melancholy Detective Ciccio, a secret admirer of the murdered woman and a friend of her husband's, discovers that almost everyone in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Detective and mystery stories
Detective and mystery fiction
Fiction
Mystery fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carlo Emilio Gadda; William Weaver
ISBN: 9781590172223 1590172221
OCLC Number: 75088015
Language Note: Translated from the Italian.
Description: xxi, 388 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana.
Responsibility: Carlo Emilio Gadda ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver ; i ntroduction by Italo Calvino.

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"In a large apartment house in central Rome, two crimes are committed within a matter of days: a burglary, in which a good deal of money and precious jewels are taken, and a murder, as a young woman whose husband is out of town is found with her throat cut. Called in to investigate, melancholy Detective Ciccio, a secret admirer of the murdered woman and a friend of her husband's, discovers that almost everyone in the apartment building is somehow involved in the case, and with each new development the mystery only deepens and broadens. Gadda's sublimely different detective story presents a scathing picture of fascist Italy while tracking the elusiveness of the truth, the impossibility of proof, and the infinite complexity of the workings of fate, showing how they come into conflict with the demands of justice and love."--Publisher's website.

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