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Paddy Plastique What do we know about Sicily? (36) RE: What do we know about Sicily? 25 Jan 02

First ye must learn Hamish Henderson's wonderful 'Farewell to Sicily' - get a hold
of a Dick Gaughan version - a real tour de force (whatever that is in Italian)
I think there's also a wicked dialect - like most other parts of Italy - so
hold off on the Italian lessons or get them from a Sicilian. I should
hope that the national sport of kidnapping foreigners that used to take place
both there and in Sardinia has died out (I think it has)
Finally, some of Italy's greatest writers have been Sicilian. Look up Pirandello's
short stories, Verga (esp. the 'Caballero Rusticana' stories).
I realise this is like telling you to read 'Dubliners' to prepare ye for a trip there but
maybe some things haven't changed since around 1900. A more recent writer is
Elio Vittorini - if you're not too McCarthyist..



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