En off Their jailer tries to upe them into revealing the name of their leader still at large in exchange for their lives Will they take him up on his offer or not Only one has to give up his name for all of them to go free They spend their last night awake gazing through the bars at the contraption that awaits them lit by moonlight They tell stories of their mostly young lives their first loves and how they got to where they are The book is structured like four short stories But unknown to them as they bare their souls they have an audience What secrets will they reveal The title Night s Lies gives us a clue Although published in 1988 it is written in a style as if it were written in a time contemporaneous to the story in the mid 19th Century It s an interesting book short but a little slow in places The author 1920 1996 wrote a half Money Blues to Blue Money dozen novels all of them translated into English Night s Lies winner of Italy s 1990 Strega Prize is probably his best known work in English The book is also available in English under the title Lies of the Night Top photo of a famous Sicilian anarchist Errico Malatesta from WikipediaThe author from poesiainretecom beautifully constructed and written teaser of a book that retains a sting in the tail tale Very good history with at inesperated ending An existencialistiscuss abou what o who we are and why the human an not the animal can feel guilty Honor nobility masks lies and subtle truths slipping through the bars of a prison in the early light of the sentence Not my thing The night before their execution a band of Italian criminalsrebels recount the Facial Action Coding SystemInvestigator's Guide Part 16701 defining moments of their life stories Kinda Arabian Nightsish kinda Decameron this novel is set in theays of kings and princes Largely lyrical slightly lurid likely intelligent not witty not intriguing not instructive not fast moving. D set up they search through their past to find some pattern that will give meaning to their fate.
Whimsical and intriguing at first this one eventually became a rag sorry Elisa Some fun turns and passages but a lot of it had me wondering about translation artifacts I am not even sure how I came to pick up this book probably a recommendation from someone or other I am also not sure how to Alchemy Martial Supreme describe the book a group of political prisoners willing away their final night on earth by telling the stories of how they became embroiled in the political struggle having unbeknowing to them a traitor in their midst and thus unwittingly give up their biggest secret and the revolution s biggest asset the identity of their leader Then again it could also be that theyid know of the prisoner planted in their midst to spy on them that the stories they told were scraps of false information sparsed out in order to Nicholas Flamels First Codex divert suspicion from the real leader to someone else Maybe it was all a big ploy to get rid of a political rival Or maybe they were fooled after all Difficult to say Maybe it is the reader that was fooled halfway through I was getting impatient with the characters if I had figured out that the rebel leader sharing their cell encouraging them to tell stories was too good to be true why couldn t they Then again they might have Oh confusing But for whatever reason the bookid not thrill me More than a bit obscure Though apparently highly rated this book left me a bit cold Gesualdo Bufalino was Sicilian like other favorites of mine Leonardo Sciascia and Giovanni Verga Night s Lies takes Boccaccio s Decameron as a model But instead of young aristocrats escaping the Black Death in the convenient uarantine of a country estate outside Florence the narrators are four liberals friends men inspired by the French Revolution who now await the guillotine in prison for sedition They are the baron the soldier the student and the po. In an island fortress prison four political prisoners sentenced to eath for plotting against the.
Et They are given a choice by the prison warden Should just one among them give up the name of their leader known only by the code name God the Father they may all go free if no one oes off with their heads The prose when not admirably flat as in the early going can turn bombastic It s in these moments swelling like some heroic tale that I isliked it the most But it s compulsively readable There s something here of the Aeneid perhaps not surprisingly and something of the old chivalric tales which Cervantes so ably parodied The ending is truly a clinic of a jigsaw A literary thriller At 157 pp you can read it in one sitting The place of confinement is an island fortress It is known as an island but ought to be called a rock For it is nothing than a stack of volcanic tufa heaped up into the form of an enormous snout wearisomely steep in some places but for the most part bare sheer crag The strip of sea between it and the mainland is no wider than a keen eye can traverse None the less to cross it be it through the malice of the winds or of the currents is a hazardous business for vessels and totally beyond the power of any swimmer No one is ever known to have escaped but their remains have been recovered glaired with seaweed and mauled by fish on the rocks of the Black ForelandThe In prison sea surrounded are four prisoners who tell how they got there plotting for escape Unreliable narrators exciting and surprising to see how novel ends Never heard of author before and was pleasant iscovery In some way short story collection Edited and pictures added 772020In this work translated from the Italian four men face execution by guillotine in the morning They are rebels anti monarchists anarchists It s the time of rebellion and unification of Italy led by the two Giuseppes Garibaldi and Manzzini Splinter groups have brok. Bourbon monarchy spend their last night before they go to the guillotine As they see the scaffol.
Leonardo Sciascia discovered his talents In 1988 the novel Le menzogne della notte Night's Lies won the Strega Prize In 1990 he won the Nino Martoglio International Book Award In his native town the Biblioteca di Bufalino Bufalino's Library is now named after him