Seeking Sicily A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean

Keahey, John

Thomas Dunne Books




336 Pages



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Variously described as "sweet and glorious" and "drenched in blood," Keahey discusses Sicily's very timelessness, the idea that much of what one sees in today's Sicily has changed little over the centuries. With Sicily's literary greats as a guide, Keahey discerns what lies behind the soul of its inhabitants; touching on history, archaeology, food, art, and politics. He looks to contemporary Sicilians who have never shaken off the influences of their forbearers, who believed in the ancient gods and goddesses; and who have always come under the thumb of outsiders. Most importantly, it will explore the Mediterranean’s largest and most mysterious island through the eyes of a visitor—making this book a delight to Italophiles and travelers alike.


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“A Leopard in Very Bad Trim”

Don Fabrizio could not know it then, but a great deal of the slackness and acquiescence for which the people of the South were to be criticized during the next decades was due to the stupid annulment of the first expression of liberty ever offered them.

—Giuseppe di Lampedusa, The Leopard (1960)

“IN SICILY, ‘no’ often becomes ‘yes’!”
So proclaims Claudio Cutrona as we scramble down scaffolding erected against a nondescript building just a few blocks from the port of
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  • Keahey, John

  • John Keahey is a veteran newspaper journalist who, since 1989, has been a reporter and news editor for The Salt Lake Tribune. He has a history degree from the University of Utah and spends as much time as possible in Italy.
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