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Beautiful Antonio by Vitaliano Brancati
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Beautiful Antonio

by Vitaliano Brancati

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An old novel, Brancati deceased in the fifties, but still a vibrant story about Italians, so beautiful, so sexy, so .... unable to do what seems to dominate their life. Set behind the background of the uprising of fascism in Italy and eventually WWII, it's all about arranging a job, a marriage, an affair, a ... whatever.
It's Italy, more specific Sicily, as we all know it from the past where nothing was done in an ordinary way but everything was arranged.
And then comes this man, the most beautiful of all and ..... he's not able to "perform". The world keeps on turning but for our protagonist everything stops.
Written with vivacity, humour, long and winding monologues full of Italian bravery and then again with hilarious scenes, confessions, bluffing.... Every page of this book breathes the south, the Italian style of living, having conversations and avoiding reality.
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Van alle Siciliaanse vrijgezellen die zich rond 1930 in Rome vestigden waren er, als mijn geheugen me niet in de steek laat, minstens acht die een gemeubileerd huis huurden in niet al te lawaaige en drukke wijken, en bijna allemaal kwamen ze te wonen in de buurt van vermaarde monumenten waarvan de geschiedenis hen echter onverschillig liet en waarvan ze de schoonheid niet opmerkten - sterker nog, ze zagen ze soms gewoonweg niet eens.
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Having spent some time in Rome, Antonio - the handsomest young man in Catania - returns to his native town with the reputation of being a playboy and with a long list of amorous adventures behind him. To please his father, Antonio agrees to marry the beautiful Barbara. A year after their marriage however - scandal erupts. Barbara is still a virgin! The bride's family attempt to annul the marriage and Antonio's honour seems irrevocably lost.… (more)

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