Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Andrea Camilleri

The Revolution of the Moon

Andrea Camilleri

The Revolution of the Moon

2017, pp. 208, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609453916
Translated by: Stephen Sartarelli
Region: Italy
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 16.00

The book

From the author of the Inspector Montalbano series comes the remarkable account of an exceptional woman who rises to power in 17th century Sicily and brings about sweeping changes that threaten the iron-fisted patriarchy, before being cast out in a coup after only 27 days.

Sicily, April 16 1677. From his deathbed, Charles III's viceroy, Anielo de Guzmán y Carafa, marquis of Castle Rodrigo, names his wife, Doña Eleonora, as his successor. Eleonora de Moura is a highly intelligent and capable woman who immediately applies her political acumen to heal the scarred soul of Palermo, a city afflicted by poverty, misery, and the frequent uprisings they entail.

The Marquise implements measures that include lowering the price of bread, reducing taxes for large families, re-opening women's care facilities, and establishing stipends for young couples wishing to marry—all measures that were considered seditious by the conservative city fathers and by the Church. The machinations of powerful men soon result in Doña Eleonora, whom the Church sees as a dangerous revolutionary, being recalled to Spain. Her rule lasted 27 days—one cycle of the moon.

Based on a true story, Camilleri's gripping and richly imagined novel tells the story of a woman whose courage and political vision is tested at every step by misogyny and reactionary conservatism.

The author

Andrea Camilleri
Andrea Camilleri is widely considered to be one of the greatest living Italian writers. His Montalbano crime series, each installment of which is a bestseller in Italy, is published in America by Penguin Random House. Several books in the series have been New York Times bestsellers. His literary honors include the Nino Martoglio International Book Award. Born in Sicily, Camilleri currently lives in Rome.

From the same country

  • Nicola Lagioia

    Ferocity

    2017, pp. 368, $ 18.00
    Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy's preeminent prize for fiction, Ferocity is a cinematic suspense novel that also addresses vital social...
  • Fabio Genovesi

    The Breaking of a Wave

    2017, pp. 432, $ 18.00
    Winner of the 2015 Strega Prize for Young Authors A young girl struggles with her beloved brother's accidental death, her mother's depression,...
  • Domenico Starnone

    Ties

    2017, pp. 144, $ 16.00
    WINNER Inaugural edition of The Bridge Prize for Best Novel They were young and in love and they sought freedom from their...
  • Elena Ferrante

    Frantumaglia

    2016, pp. 400, $ 24.00
    In this collection of writings Ferrante addresses her unwavering decision to remain anonymous, her literary inspirations, Italian politics and culture,...
  • Elena Ferrante

    The Beach at Night

    2016, pp. 48, $ 13.00
    The Beach at Night is a short, moving, and mysterious tale for future and present readers of Ferrante’s beloved novels.
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini

    The Street Kids

    2016, pp. 224, $ 18.00
    Originally heavily censored, criticized by professional critics, and lambasted by much of the general public upon its publication, The Street Kids...

Of the same genre

  • Sarah Moss

    Signs for Lost Children

    2017, pp. 368, $ 19.00
    Shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize for Historical Fiction Award-winning author Sarah Moss's most recent work of historical fiction is a...
  • Jean-Christophe Rufin

    The Dream Maker

    2017, pp. 414, $ 18.00
    After a brilliant career as a trader, Jacques Coeur was summoned to the court of Charles VII and appointed Master of the Mint in 1436. He rose to...
  • Richard Francis

    Crane Pond

    2016, pp. 326, $ 18.00
    A Novel of Salem The great success last year of Stacy Schiff's The Witches proves, once again, that abiding interest in the Salem Witch...
  • Joan London

    The Golden Age

    2016, pp. 256, $ 17.00
    Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold contracts polio and finds himself at The Golden Age, a sprawling children's hospital. But it's there that he falls in...
  • Dario Fo

    The Pope's Daughter

    2015, pp. 208, $ 16.00
    In his first ever novel, Nobel laureate Dario Fo recounts the story of Renaissance Italy’s most powerful and immoral family and their favorite daughter,...
  • Ernst Lothar

    The Vienna Melody

    2015, pp. 608, $ 18.00
    A lost classic that has become an instant bestseller in Europe