By Donna Leon
"Brunetti is a wonder: clever, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post
Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of holiday makers and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet prior to he can subscribe to his kinfolk on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing courtroom documents lands on his table. An previous buddy suspects a sinister cause at the back of a neighborhood court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is worried approximately his aunt's unexpected- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's support. simply whilst it kind of feels Brunetti should be in a position to make his getaway, a brutal crime shocks town and he forces himself to shake off the warmth and get all the way down to work.
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Extra resources for A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19)
After the overthrow of Mussolini, the Badoglio junta found encouragement in the Italian people’s excitement about the nation’s future. 21 Indeed, the sharp divisions among the parties that reemerged from the Italian political underground reflected these hopes for renewed national and individual self-determination. But this sudden pluralism also stirred Badoglio’s deepest worries: rebellion or chaos could result out of the Italians’ sense of “total” liberation. ”22 More importantly, twenty years of authoritarian rule aimed at national glory that had ended in national disaster exacerbated the Italians’ traditional disenchantment with any government institutions.
This interest in establishing close ties with Washington, however, produced the second major ambivalence of Italian foreign policy. As in France, this ambivalence was the basic paradox of the invitation/pride paradigm. S. hegemony in Europe was much more unequivocal than that of France, the Italian leaders nevertheless displayed a similar tension between the desire for special partnership with Washington and the fear for the subordination to the United States. That fear, constantly rekindled by the anti-American campaigns on the left, made government officials acutely sensitive to matters of national worth and rank.
This judgment became ingrained in the United States during wartime. At Yalta, Roosevelt agreed with Stalin that the lack of these two elements critically reduced the relevance of France as an international actor. Condescending caricature portraits of French and Italian “unmilitary” qualities abounded, with Hollywood productions such as A Bell for Adano and Arch of Triumph leading the way. 49 There were, however, clear distinctions in the prejudices Americans held respectively toward the French and the Italians.
A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19) by Donna Leon