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The writer Ben Pastor , one of the authors of detective fiction’s most original of recent years, will be the next guest of The Author for dinner , the cultural project promoted by Sheraton Catania Hotel, which this year has as its leitmotif the theme of “journey “. It will be a journey through time that where, Friday, April 15 at 20 , Ben Pastor will lead the audience presenting his novel Kaputt Mundi (sellers) : a dip in the Rome of the dramatic days of the Nazi-Fascist occupation, chapter “Italian” the hit saga starring Martin Bora , the eldest of the secret services of the Wehrmacht this time “shipped” in the Italian capital to conduct a new investigation.
The actress Lucia Sardo will play excerpts from the novel.
Before the presentation of the book, the Fon art gallery will host the closing day of the exhibition Marco Mangione ” Latitude South | tribute to Hugo Pratt “. The artist for the occasion will present some new boards born from the suggestions gathered from the comparison with the public.
At 21.30, dinner buffet by the chef Saverio Piazza. The buffet will include two dishes suggested by the author , and made its contribution: the Country Captain , American colonial recipe with chicken and Far Breton , an original sweet Brittany. The wines of Almerita Tasca, the project partners, once again extol the flavors of the dishes.
Ben Pastor (Rome, 1950) after graduation he moved to the United States where he taught at the University of Ohio and Illinois. He is currently a professor of Social Sciences at the Vermont College of Union University. In addition to Lumen (2012) and Luna liar (2013), lucky thriller against the backdrop of World War II, is author of The Prague mysteries , masterful tribute in yellow to Central European culture of Franz Kafka and Joseph Roth, published by Hobby and Work) . In 2003 he published the first draft of Kaputt Mundi , historical mystery set in Rome in 1944 where Martin terrible Bora, the detective Official soldier investigates the mysterious death of a senior Vatican prelate and a German embassy secretary. Along with Margaret Doody and Elizabeth George is unanimously considered one of the most intense and original voices of detective fiction to women in recent years.
Kaputt Mundi | Sellerio. Rome, 1944. While the Allied troops are moving up the Peninsula, the capital of Italy lives the most dramatic days of the Nazi-Fascist occupation: curfews, hunger, roundups. The Anzio landing has just occurred and the German troops occupants feel the grip of the Allies. It is the gloomy days of the Fosse Ardeatine. A Martin Bora – the star of the hit saga of Ben Pastor – Rome, a city that was familiar to him as a young aristocrat, now appears as an open city “under siege from within.” Wehrmacht officer who works for the counter-intelligence, is to solve a case of triple murder. In his soul and in his body the war has etched blood. He lost his left hand in an action of partisans; brother crashed his plane in Russia; Dikta, the beautiful wife alters, is far away. In this gloomy atmosphere, a young German embassy secretary hath been smashed to the ground from the window of his house, on the fourth floor. Could pass for a suicide or an accident, were it not that closed the keys are not located inside the house. Bora investigation has alongside the inspector Sandro Guidi that the chief superintendent had called in a hurry to close the case. Li driving against obstacles and threats, a sense of decency and above all the desire to salvage something in this extreme barbarity, “the gifts of dignity.”
NEXT MEETING OF “THE AUTHOR FOR DINNER”: May 20, Cristina Caboni with ” The keeper of the honey and the bees” (Garzanti).