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The Resource The revolution of the moon, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli

The revolution of the moon, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli

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The revolution of the moon
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The revolution of the moon
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Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli
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  • eng
  • ita
  • eng
Summary
Sicily, April 16 1677. From his deathbed, Charles III's viceroy, Anielo de Guzmán y Carafa, marquis of Castle Rodrigo, names his wife, Doña Eleonora, as his successor. Eleonora de Moura is a highly intelligent and capable woman who immediately applies her political acumen to heal the scarred soul of Palermo, a city afflicted by poverty, misery, and the frequent uprisings they entail.The Marquise implements measures that include lowering the price of bread, reducing taxes for large families, re-opening women's care facilities, and establishing stipends for young couples wishing to marryall measures that were considered seditious by the conservative city fathers and by the Church. The machinations of powerful men soon result in Doña Eleonora, whom the Church sees as a dangerous revolutionary, being recalled to Spain. Her rule lasted 27 daysone cycle of the moon
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  • Bestselling and award-winning Italian author Camilleri (the Inspector Montalbano series) offers a marvelous historical drama based on a true but little-known episode of 17th-century Sicilian history. In 1677, Sicily is ruled by Spain. When the Viceroy, the King’s representative, dies in office in Palermo, he names his wife, Donna Eleonora di Mora, as his replacement. The Holy Royal Council, six corrupt, venal officials, are outraged by the idea that a woman should govern Sicily. The councilors are all liars and thieves, and now they fear for their lives. They scheme to undermine her rule, but Donna Eleonora is a beautiful, shrewd, and very calculating woman, more than a match for these desperate and arrogant men. She understands them and cleverly thwarts every move they make, subtly setting them up for exposure, disgrace, and prison, especially those involved in the shameful, scandalous arrangement with the Holy Refuge of Endangered Virgins. However, one councilor, the bishop, has one card left to play, resulting in three murders, his fateful denunciation, and the surprise end to this excellent novel. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 04/10/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 15, p)
  • In a tragicomic parable of justice based on a true episode, the corrupt 17th-century power brokers of Sicily meet their match in a canny, revenge-driven female viceroy.Setting aside his popular Inspector Montalbano crime series, Camilleri (A Voice in the Night, 2016, etc.) offers a curiosity, fleshing out the brief episode in 1677 when a Spanish noblewoman filled in her for her dead husband as ruler of a patriarchal Italian island. Angelic of face, form, and voice, 25-year-old Donna Eleonora made no public appearances during her husband Don Angel's two-year reign as Viceroy of Sicily on behalf of the King of Spain. But Don Angel, who arrived without an ounce of fat on him, mysteriously swelled to 400 pounds and expired suddenly during a Holy Royal Council session. His self-serving six-man council takes advantage of the sudden death to pass all manner of questionable measures, little expecting that the viceroy's successor would expose their treachery. But they reckon without Donna Eleonora, who inherits Don Angel's mantle and brings strategic brilliance and an unerring moral compass to the job. Replacing the council and overcoming an attempted coup led by the villainous archbishop of Palermo, she benefits the populace by halving the price of bread and setting up shelters for endangered women. Camilleri laces this true tale of exemplary leadership with humor that is sometimes farcical and slapstick, often simply wry. But underneath the geniality lies an all-too-plausible chronicle of entrenched financial misappropriation and sexual abuse, and while Donna Eleonora avenges her husband by punishing all who offended him, she is brought down by a religious edict that insists only a man can serve as viceroy. Thus ends her 27-day reign and a novel which lightly but elegantly revives an obscure historical moment. A European historical footnote becomes a contemporary morality tale and a small, touching act of homage.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2017)
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10562575
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VHOB
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1925-2019
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Camilleri, Andrea
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no index present
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Translated from the Italian
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fiction
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1954-
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Sartarelli, Stephen
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True
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  • Moura, Eleonora de
  • Sicily (Italy)
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The revolution of the moon, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli
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text
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000059857113
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21 cm.
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234 pages
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9781609453916
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(pbk)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)981760471
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The revolution of the moon, Andrea Camilleri ; translated by Stephen Sartarelli
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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000059857113
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21 cm.
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9781609453916
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(pbk)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)981760471

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