Sicilian Tragedee by Ottavio Cappellani
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Set in Sicily
(Sicilia)
©2007
 Translation © 2008

BIO
Ottavio Cappellani is a journalist with a daily column in La Sicilia. He lives in Catania, Sicily, where he writes for several other Italian newspapers, fronts a post-punk band, and cultivates carob trees and olives. Who Is Lou Sciortino? is his first novel.

Sicilian Tragedee
(Sicilian tragedi)

Ottavio Cappellani

Translated from the Italian by Howard Curtis

Synopsis: 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.
(© Farrarm Straus and Giroux)

(© Farrarm Straus and Giroux)