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Death in the Mountains: The True Story of a Tuscan Murder

by Lisa Clifford

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Absolutely incredible book. The integration of the Italian words and phrases with the story makes you feel like you're learning not only about the Bruni's story, but also a language and a culture. The way this book is written really submerged me into the story and made me feel like I was there with the family, living it with them, and I was severely disappointed when it ended, with me bawling my eyes out in a local cafe. Can you figure out who murdered Artemio Bruni before the end? It was a big surprise to me! ( )
  DanasReadingRoom | Jun 11, 2017 |
This is the true story of the murder of Artemio Bruni, a peasant farmer in the mountains of Casentino, north-eastern Tuscany, in the winter of 1907. When Australian author and journalist Lisa Clifford moved to Florence to be with her Italian husband, an unsolved murder in his family became part of her life. The more Lisa found out about it, the more intrigued she became so much so that she was driven to investigate the tragic events of a century ago. Soon it was not just the murder that obsessed her but also the harsh existence of Artemio and his family, one that had continued unchanged since the middle ages and had none of the warmth and sophistication of the Florentine life she knew. Death in the Mountains is Lisa's brilliant recreation of the life and death of Artemio Bruni, and an evocation of the world of the Tuscan mountains in the early 20th century. It is both a murder mystery and a beautifully observed picture of a lost Italy. ( )
  dalzan | Apr 24, 2013 |
I read Lisa Clifford's first book The promise and enjoyed it so wanted to read this one too. This is the story of the brutal murder of Lisa's husband's great grandfather Artemio, a peasant farmer from the mountains of Casentino in Northern Italy, in 1907. This murder was never investigated and Artemio's wife never demanded justice The murder was never reported to the police. While that was a mystery that was interesting enough in itself: who did it , and for what reason, and why were they never brought to justice, the book also gave a very detailed picture of the hard life that these peasant farming families lived. Up to 70% of rural Tuscany was farmed under the mezzadria farming system at this time. Whole families worked as sharecroppers where they paid half of everything they produced to their land owners. After this had been done what was left was barely enough for them to live on. Lisa wanted to tell of the life they lived which has almost been forgotten and find out who had in fact had killed Artemio. Finally after much searching the killers identity was revealed to her and she was allowed to write this book on the understanding that the names of the people in the story and the places they lived were changed for members of the killer's family still live up the road from her family and they do not know their grandfather was a killer.
This was such an interesting book with such vivid and detailed descriptions of life at that time. A great read. ( )
  kiwifortyniner | Feb 19, 2009 |
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"This is the true story of the murder of Artemio Bruni, a peasant farmer in the mountains of Casentino, north-eastern Tuscany, in the winter of 1907. When Australian author and journalist Lisa Clifford moved to Florence to be with her Italian husband, an unsolved murder in his family became part of her life. The more Lisa found out about it, the more intrigued she became so much so that she was driven to investigate the tragic events of a century ago. Soon it was not just the murder that obsessed her but also the harsh existence of Artemio and his family, one that had continued unchanged since the middle ages and had none of the warmth and sophistication of the Florentine life she knew. Death in the Mountains is Lisa's brilliant recreation of the life and death of Artemio Bruni, and an evocation of the world of the Tuscan mountains in the early 20th century. It is both a murder mystery and a beautifully observed picture of a lost Italy."--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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