Italy

The Last Pill He’ll Ever Take

PROCEDURA By Salvatore Mannuzzu. Translated by John Shepley. 227 pp. New York: Villard Books. $20. ONE morning, in the cafe of a Sardinian courthouse, Judge Valerio Garau drops dead after swallowing a pill while bantering with his mistress — herself a judge and the wife of another. Given the web of personal and professional relations…

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Art Thieves Bleed Italy’s Heritage

A new sack of Rome is under way. And while today’s vandals do not rape and pillage, they may be more systematic about picking clean Italy’s art treasures. The country with the highest concentration of art in the world is losing the equivalent of a museum a year, not even counting the objects that disappear…

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Italy, Land of Art Treasures Just Out of Visitors’ View

Several times this summer, the usual throng of Japanese, German and American tourists has made the pilgrimage from Rome to Tivoli to see the villa of the Roman emperor Hadrian only to be turned away by a sign saying: “Closed for lack of personnel.” Although there are 43 guards assigned to the villa, the staff…

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From Italy’s Jewry Come 2,000 Years of Treasures

As published in The New York Times At the end of Primo Levi’s novel ”If Not Now, When?” a group of Eastern European Jews arrives by train in Milan and discovers to their surprise that there are Jews in Italy. ”Italian Jews are as odd as the Catholics,” Levi’s narrator thinks to himself. ”They don’t…

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