A talented schoolboy struggles with unseen forces that rip his family apart; a hand-written note hidden in a hotel magazine has dire consequences for a relationship; a private detective hired to track a cheating fiancé is faced with a life and death decision… These short stories provide a window on contemporary Sicilian life seen through the lens of the island’s literary history. They reflect Sicily’s power to encompass perfectly the ideas of Good and Bad, Heaven and Hell, to enmesh them so tightly that, at times, it remains impossible to distinguish the two concepts. This is the English translation of The ‘Alfonso Cossio Short Story Prize’ winning Spanish title ‘La Defensa Siciliana’.
Alejandro Luque is a journalist and writer (Cádiz 1974). He lives in Seville. After working in Cadiz’s local press, he contributed to the cultural section of the Spanish national daily, El País, for five years. He was also deputy editor of the magazine, La Caleta. Since 2005, he has been writing for theCultura section of the newspaper, El Correo de Andalucía. He is cofounder of the website M’Sur. His other works include the poetry collection, Armas gemelas; the novella, Calle de la soledad antigua; a biography of the flamenco singer, Juan Farina, entitled Que me quiten lo bailao; an analysis of the friendship between Jorge Luis Borges and Fernando Quiñones, Palabras mayores; and the travelogue around Sicily in the footsteps of Borges,Viaje a la Sicilia con un guía ciego.
Andrew Edwards is a translator and co-author of the book, Sicily: A Literary Guide for Travellers. He is a regular contributor to the website, Times of Sicily.
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