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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.

Mourinho: Small teams give Barça an easy time

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Aeolian Islands: Italy's verdant volcanic isle

Just off Sicily, the lush peaks, vineyards and Hollywood glamour make the island of Salina a hot destination

Five millennia on, Iceman of Bolzano gives up DNA secrets

Oetzi's genetic code could shed light on hereditary diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

Baarìa (15)

Fans of Cinema Paradiso know what to expect from Giuseppe Tornatore: lovingly evoked scenes of an Italian childhood, domestic intimacy, classroom horseplay, public eccentricity and the early movie-house.

Tottenham deny £28m offer for Palermo pair

Palermo yesterday claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have bid £28m for both defender Simon Kjaer and striker Edinson Cavani, a suggestion the north London club refuted, saying that the Italians were trying to bump up the price for the pair.

Berlusconi braced for verdict over ally's 'Mafia links'

Italian PM's reputation set to suffer if his right-hand man is jailed for alleged connection to gangsters

Maradona admits World Cup will get tougher

Argentina coach Diego Maradona admitted his side will face greater tests after their 2-0 victory over Greece at the Peter Mokaba Stadium made it three wins in succession in Group B.

Suarez's header carries Uruguay into next round

Mexico 0 Uruguay 1

150 years after uniting it, Garibaldi divides Italy

Italy, Metternich said, was "only a geographical expression", but 150 years ago the greatest revolutionary the peninsula ever produced set about proving him wrong.

Inter captain talks up magic of Mourinho

The Internazionale captain, Javier Zanetti, is glad to have Jose Mourinho back on the bench for tomorrow's Serie A match at Palermo.

Mobster's Sicily villa handed to the media

The keys of the Sicilian villa where the notorious Mafia godfather Toto "the Beast" Riina spent his final months as a fugitive have been handed over to the local branch of the Italian journalists' guild, several of whose members died under his bloody rein.

Manchester United eye £11m defender Kjaer

Manchester United are reportedly lining up an £11m bid for defender Simon Kjaer.

Palermo deny receiving offers for Manchester United and Liverpool target Kjaer

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed that his club have received no official offers for Danish defender Simon Kjaer.

Italy to investigate secret Mafia talks

Italy's Justice Minister has promised a full investigation into allegations that governments in the early 1990s held secret negotiations with the Mafia to try to stop a spate of attacks on the state.

World Cup Round-Up: Argentina breathe again as Palermo fires vital winner

Late goal from recalled veteran has Maradona's side in sight of World Cup finals
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