Critically acclaimed author John Julius Norwich weaves the turbulent
story of Sicily into a spellbinding narrative that places the island at
the crossroads of world history.
“Sicily,” said Goethe, “is
the key to everything.” It is the largest island in the Mediterranean,
the stepping-stone between Europe and Africa, the link between the Latin
West and the Greek East. Sicily’s strategic location has tempted Roman
emperors, French princes, and Spanish kings. The subsequent struggles to
conquer and keep it have played crucial roles in the rise and fall of
the world’s most powerful dynasties.
Yet Sicily has often been
little more than a footnote in books about other empires. John Julius
Norwich’s engrossing narrative is the first to knit together all of the
colorful strands of Sicilian history into a single comprehensive study.
Here is a vivid, erudite, page-turning chronicle of an island and the
remarkable kings, queens, and tyrants who fought to rule it. From its
beginnings as a Greek city-state to its emergence as a multicultural
trading hub during the Crusades, from the rebellion against Italian
unification to the rise of the Mafia, the story of Sicily is rich with
extraordinary moments and dramatic characters. Writing with his
customary deftness and humor, Norwich outlines the surprising influence
Sicily has had on world history—the Romans’ fascination with Greek
civilization dates back to their sack of Sicily—and tells the story of
one of the world’s most kaleidoscopic cultures in a galvanizing,
This volume has been a long time coming—Norwich
began to explore Sicily’s colorful history during his first visit to
the island in the early 1960s. The dean of popular historians leads his
readers through the millennia with the steady narrative hand of a master
teacher or the world’s most learned tour guide. Like the island itself,
Sicily is a book brimming with bold flavors that begs to be revisited again and again.
Boken är inbunden. 362 sidor.
Boktitel: Sicily. An Island at the Crossroads of History Författare: John Julius Norwich Bokförlag: Penguin Random House
John Julius Norwich Foto: Martin Pope
John Julius Norwichis the author of more than twenty books, including the New York Times bestseller Absolute Monarchs.
He began his career in the British foreign service, but resigned his
diplomatic post to become a writer. He is a former chairman of the
Venice in Peril Fund and the honorary chairman of the World Monuments