The Advocate by Marcello Fois
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Marcello Fois

The Advocate

(Translated from the Italian by Patrick Creagh)

SYNOPSIS: A story of a backward community living with a guilty conscience, a small-town lawyer with a passion for justice, and a boy in love. The incident happened in a small provincial town, Nuoro, in Sardinia about a hundred years ago. A prosperous farmer was shot dead in his olive grove, and the man's hired hand, a boy called Zenobi, was found guilty in absentia - he had already gone to ground earlier after being accused of stealing from his master's flock. The boy was now a bandit with a price on his head. An open-and-shut case. Only Zenobi's peasant mother was convinced that the lad was being framed, and the lawyer Bustianu was willing to see whether the evidence for conviction on either charge stood up against the facts. Neither the courts, however, nor the police had any wish to reopen the case - the lad had effectively admitted his guilt by absconding. And in view of the conspiracy of silence among the eyewitnesses to the shooting, the lawyer's chances looked negligible; his only recourse was to set a trap of his own. Unlike most novels of crime and detection, In the Heat of Summer, In the Depth of Winter is suffused with a beautiful delicacy of narrative texture that lifts it out of its provincial setting and makes it a tale for all ages.
(© The Harvill Press)

MORE: The incident occurred in Nuoro, Sardinia, about a hundred years ago. A prosperous farmer was shot dead in his olive grove, and his hired hand, a young man called Zenobi, was found guilty In absentia - he had gone to ground already after being accused of theft and was now a bandit with a price on his head. An open-and-shut case. Only the lawyer was willing to see whether the evidence for either charge stood up against the facts. Neither the courts nor the police wanted to reopen the case; the boy had effectively admitted his guilt by absconding. The lawyer's only recourse was to set up a trap of his own-
(© Vintage)

Set in Sardinia
THEME
 
English Translation ©2002
BIO
MARCELLO FOIS was born in Nuoro in 1960. He is one of the most gifted of a group of young writers exploring the cultural roots of their own regions. He lives in Bologna and in addition to writing for the theatre has written several successful novels.