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The Art of a Useless Life

Alfio Caruso

The Art of a Useless Life

Einaudi

Year: 2010

Pages: 378

A slice of Italian post-war life told through the eyes of a man embroiled in the glamorous and perilous lifestyle of a Mafioso.


Willy Melodia has had to leave behind his two children, Sal and Sarah, in order to return to Italy at the behest of Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano, the father of American organized crime. He finds a nation devastated by World War II, but optimistic. Clinging to the possibility of a brighter future, he decides to open a restaurant styled after the swanky piano bars he knew in America.

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