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Adam Foulds’s last novel, The Quickening Maze, was a truly superb study in madness and early psychiatric methods, combining the intellectual and the visceral in often startling ways (few will forget his description of the “dismantling” of a deer). In this latest work, he retains that powerful blend and focuses on another kind of madness: the madness of war.

Irish chess killing: Italian lodger charged with murdering Tom O’Gorman ‘tried to eat his heart after argument over chess move’

Police found body of 39-year-old Irishman had suffered 'dozens' of stab wounds and had a section of lung missing

Man ‘stabbed to death over game of chess’ in Ireland

Police found a 39-year-old man dead with multiple stab wounds, with detectives saying they believe a row over a chess move may have spiralled out of control

Giuseppe Sannino

Watford appoint Giuseppe Sannino as replacement for Gianfranco Zola

Italian Sannino had been out of work since being sacked by Chievo

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Indyplus more: Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Nino Di Matteo (on left) in Palermo; he is permanently accompanied by a ring of armed carabinieri following threats made against him by a Mafia boss

‘It is worth it and it is right’: A year of living dangerously for the prosecutor taking on the Mafia

Nino di Matteo’s life has been threatened by jailed former boss of bosses, Toto 'the Beast' Riina, over his investigation into links between the mob and the Italian state in the 1990s

Giuseppe Sannino

Giuseppe Sannino claims he is in line to replace Gianfranco Zola at Watford manager

The Italian, who was sacked by Chievo in November, has seen his odds of becoming manager at Vicarage Road cut dramatically

Former Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has claimed he 'can't see a place for women in football'.

Former Italy midfielder Gennaro Gattuso claims 'I can't see women in football' after appointment of Barbara Berlusconi at AC Milan

The 35-year-old was speaking to an Italian radio station when he made the remark

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes will leave the club at the end of the season with his likely destination being Monaco

Transfer news: Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes to turn down Arsenal summer move in favour of Monaco switch - reports

The 31-year-old is believed to prefer a move to France after admitting he would love to play alongside former team-mate Eric Abidal once again

Gennaro Gattuso

Gennaro Gattuso fired by notoriously trigger happy Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini

The news comes following a string of bad results in Serie B

Giovanni Trapattoni looks set for an exit as Republic of Ireland coach unless he can perform a miraculous turnaround

Giovanni Trapattoni accepts Republic of Ireland days are numbered with hope dwindling

Only an unlikely run of results can save the Italian while Wales and Scotland play for pride

Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s first black minister, has faced prejudice

Italians removing children from racially mixed schools

Classroom aversion to immigrants may reflect tensions in politics and society in general

People of Liberty party (PDL) leader Silvio Berlusconi

Berlusconi ‘paid Mafia bosses millions of euros in pact lasting decades’

Conviction for the former Italian prime minister’s long-time associate adds to mounting troubles

Emiliano Viviano

Transfer news: Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano joins Arsenal on loan for the season

The Italy international joins from Palermo for the season

Arsenal have made an offer for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil

Arsenal transfer news: At last! Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil completes move to Arsenal in £42.5m deal

Arsenal spend nearly three times previous transfer record to seal signing of midfielder

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