The Tempest by Juan Manuel de Prada
© 2002-2017
Set in Italy

CRIMNI - Italian Noir


Paul Adam
 Unhold Trinity
Oliver Banks
 The Caravaggio Obsession
Tonino Benacquista
 Holy Smoke
Carlo Fruttero & Franco Lucentini
 The Sunday Woman
Marcello Fois
 The Advocate
Leslie Forbes
 Waking Raphael
Luca di Fulvio
 The Mannequin Man
Carlo Emilio Gadda
 That Awful Mess on Via Merulana
Giuseppe Genna
 In the Name of Ishmael
Kelly Jones
 The Lost Madonna
Amara Lakhous
 Clash of Civilizations Over An Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Dacia Maraini
William D. Montalbano
Magdalen Nabb
  & Paolo Vagheggi
 The Prosecutor
Ottavio Cappellani
 Who Is Lou Sciortino?
 Sicilian Tragedee
Ben Pastor
 Liar Moon
Alessandro Perissinotto
 Blood Sisters
Ellis Peters
 Holiday with Violence
Juan Manuel de Prada
 The Tempest
Giampiero Rigosi
 Night Bus
Giorgio Scerbanenco
 Duca and the Milan Murders
Leonardo Sciascia
 A Man's Blessing
 Equal Danger
 The Day of the Owl
T.C. Van Adler
 St. Agatha's Breast


Juan Manuel de Prada


JUAN MANUEL de PRADA was born in Baracaldo, Spain, in 1970. The Tempest won the prestigious Planeta Prize on its publication in Spain, in 1997, and has sold over 400,000 copies in its Spanish editions alone. Foreign language rights have been sold in sixteen countries. De Prada was awarded the 2003 Primavera Prize for his latest novel La Vida Invisible.

Set in Venice

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The Tempest

(Translated from the Spanish by Paul Antill)

JACKET NOTES:  Juan Manuel de Prada's tantalizing and hypnotic tale of intrigue, murder, love, and betrayal was awarded the prestigious Planeta Prize when it was first published in Spanish.

Alejandro Ballesteros, a young Spanish art historian, arrives in a damp and wintry Venice to study Giorgione's The Tempest, the magnificent painting that has obsessed him for years. But on his first night in the quintessentially enigmatic city Alejandro witnesses a shocking murder and is quickly sucked into a dangerous web of deceit. The murder victim is Fabio Valenzin, a notorious forger and trafficker in stolen works of art who, it turns out, has close ties not only with Gilberto Gabetti, the director of the Accademia where The Tempest hangs, but also with Gabetti's enchanting daughter, Chiara.

Exploring the boundaries between art and reality, intellect and passion, The Tempest is a mesmerizing and gripping novel by one of Spain's most gifted novelists-The New Yorker recently hailed de Prada as "one of the most promising young writers in Europe."

In a tale with all the complex twists and turns of Venice itself, The Tempest is a marvelously complex, erotic, and atmospheric mystery.
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