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Sicilian Tragedee

A Novel

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Balding, forty-something Mister Alfio Turrisi, an up-and-coming mafioso in Catania, has the deep pockets that London's financial world loves. He, in turn, loves Betty, the spoiled young daughter of Turi Pirrotta, a rival Catanian mobster. Alfio and Betty would seem to be the Romeo and Juliet of this poison-pen valentine to Ottavio Cappellani's native Sicily. That is, until we meet another pair of star-crossed lovers: gay theater director Tino Cagnotto and his bored and sexy young amore, Bobo. Because the way Tino sees it, the real heat in Shakespeare's tragedy is between Romeo and Mercutio, not Romeo and Juliet . . .

Set in a twenty-first-century Sicily rife with moody aristocrats, vain politicians, inept gangsters, shabby theater actors, and high-tech killers, Cappellani's hilarious second novel--part Tarantino-style operetta, part soap opera--is also a surprising tribute to the Bard.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 19, 2008 – Cappellani's second novel (after Who Is Lou Sciortino?), a madcap comedy structured as a three-act play and set in contemporary Sicily, pays homage to Shakespeare and bristles with hilariously vulgar stabs at sex, art and family. Avant-garde theater director Tino Cagnotto produces a version of Romeo and Juliet ripe with crude sexual humor and starring nonclassical actors, including a 60-year-old Romeo. As the city of Catania buzzes about whether Jano Caporeale, the actor playing Romeo, will perform a lewd gesture onstage, rising Mafia kingpin Alfio Turrisi falls in love with the daughter of his rival. But this isn't the tragedy of the Montagues and Capulets; Turi Pirrotta is thrilled at the prospect of having his daughter marry Turrisi. Betty, however, might not be so easily wooed. Tino, meanwhile, has a passionate affair with a much younger man who might even be in love with him. Ineffectual culture commissioners, incompetent mobsters and lovably coldhearted aristocrats add plenty of color. Some of the jokes may be too insidery, but the sheer energy and velocity of this merry farce will sweep readers away.
Sicilian Tragedee
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Nov 24, 2009
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
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