New PDF release: A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19)

By Donna Leon

"Brunetti is a surprise: shrewdpermanent, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post

Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of visitors and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet ahead of he can subscribe to his relations on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing courtroom files lands on his table. An outdated good friend suspects a sinister cause at the back of a neighborhood court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is anxious approximately his aunt's surprising- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's aid. simply while it kind of feels Brunetti could 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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Announced in the pages of L’Eco Della Patria, the monarchist-sponsored event—to which even the consul intended to contribute—was meant as a sort of olive branch to local republicans. But the plan began going awry for the monarchists as soon as Angelo Mangini was elected president of the meeting. S. minister in Italy. When Consul Cerruti, who had intended for his own government to take charge of the meeting, rose to object, he was instantly drowned out by boos and catcalls. In a dispatch written just three days later, the consul makes no effort to hide the fact that all hell broke loose at that meeting.

Consul, focused on the positive: “The city of Genoa, now numbering 185,000 inhabitants is constantly improving in appearance. New and substantial buildings are being erected on the hills back from the harbor. ”6 Observing how furniture was made, however, James Fletcher, another American consul, made note of a distinctly more somber aspect in the city’s economic life. He wrote the following to his government on August 15, 1884: A stranger is particularly struck by the apparently primitive way household furniture is manufactured in Genoa and the material used in its construction.

For many peasants, however, it was too little too late. Since emigration rates were in fact rising while these per capita income increases were taking place, it is clear that the emigrants were just using their newfound liquidity to get out while they still could. 37 Yet the agrarian sector paying the price for such progress kept falling farther and farther behind. 38 One reason for this bleak showing, of course, lay in the preunification economy’s regressed condition. As late as 1860, barter rather than currency had been Italy’s principal means of exchange.

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