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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.

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Andreotti cleared of plotting reporter's murder

ONCE AGAIN Giulio Andreotti has wriggled his way out of trouble. Italy's most prominent postwar statesmen, seven times premier and a senator- for-life, who has survived just about every tawdry, convoluted episode in Italy's tormented history since 1945, emerged triumphant again yesterday when a court in the Umbrian city of Perugia dismissed one of the most spectacular charges against him - that of ordering the murder of an investigative journalist in 1979, when Andreotti was at the height of his powers.

Mediterranean Islands: Rabbit stew, woodsmoke and an Emperor's villa

Staying in a cottage in deepest rural Sicily was always going to be unpredictable - but the surprises were all nice ones.

Sicilians infected by cow disease

INVESTIGATORS IN Sicily believe the Mafia is behind an unexplained rise in cases of the animal disease brucellosis among humans.

Theatre: A song and dance for Europe

The Royal Court Theatre has just been to Sicily to pick up a well- deserved award for its international residencies and exchange programmes. But what company does the New Theatrical Realities prize keep? Is it all it's cracked up to be?

A little of what you don't fancy

If he's in love, it's not harrassment. Italian judges are heading back to the Dark Ages.

There's more than one way to discover Sicily's past

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Police close in on ageing Mafia don

ANTI-MAFIA investigators say they are tightening the noose around one of Italy's most powerful and mysterious bosses, Bernardo Provenzano. Although he has been in hiding for three decades, many believe he has never left his native Sicily.

Sicily's city of love and death

Phillip Blom explores Catania, birthplace of the great 19th-century opera composer Bellini, where life appears to have changed little since his day

How New York leads the fight

AT THE opening of Godzilla, the special-effects monster movie, New York's mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, seized on an opportunity to tout his Mafia-fighting credentials. The lizard, he pointed out, made the Fulton fish market its first stop in Manhattan. "Five years ago that would not have been possible," he quipped. "He would have been stopped by the Mafia."

TRAVEL: GLOBAL MYTHS NO 12

A YOUNG couple from Lancashire took a cycling holiday in Sicily. Renting bicycles on the mainland is virtually impossible and so they took their own brand new mountain bikes over on the plane at some cost.

Passport: Mark-Anthony Turnage - Palermo's catacombs were amazing: mum mified Italians

TRUE to the spirit of classical music, Mark-Anthony's passport shows a preponderance of stamps for Italy.

The riddle of Aldo Moro: was Italy's establishment happy to see him die?

Many say the police did not do all they could to save the ex-PM kidnapped 20 years ago, reports Andrew Gumbel

Obituary: Danilo Dolci

Danilo Dolci, educationalist, campaigner, writer and poet: born Sesana, Italy 28 June 1924; twice married (two children, five adopted children); died Partinico, Sicily 30 December 1997.
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