The Confines of the Shadow

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The Confines of the Shadow

The Confines of the Shadow The Confines of the Shadow is a sequence of novels and short stories that map the transformation of the Libyan city of Benghazi from a sleepy Ottoman backwater in the s to the second capital of an

  • Title: The Confines of the Shadow
  • Author: Alessandro Spina
  • ISBN: 9781850772781
  • Page: 387
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Confines of the Shadow is a sequence of novels and short stories that map the transformation of the Libyan city of Benghazi from a sleepy Ottoman backwater in the 1910s to the second capital of an oil rich kingdom in the 1960s Employing a cosmopolitan array of characters, ranging from Ottoman functionaries, to Sanussi aristocrats and Italian officers, Spina chroniclesThe Confines of the Shadow is a sequence of novels and short stories that map the transformation of the Libyan city of Benghazi from a sleepy Ottoman backwater in the 1910s to the second capital of an oil rich kingdom in the 1960s Employing a cosmopolitan array of characters, ranging from Ottoman functionaries, to Sanussi aristocrats and Italian officers, Spina chronicles Italy s colonial experience from the euphoria of conquest giving us a front row seat to the rise and subsequent fall of Fascism in the aftermath of World War II to the country s independence in the 1950s Spina continues his narrative with the discovery of Libya s vast oil and gas reserves, which triggered the tumultuous changes that led to Muammar Gaddafi s forty two year dictatorship.Distinguishing themselves by their intimate understanding of East and West, the novels that comprise The Confines of the Shadow are among the most significant achievements of 20th century fiction and stand unchallenged as the only multi generational epic about the European experience in North Africa This is the first installment of a three volume translation, and it includes The Young Maronite, The Marriage of Omar and The Nocturnal Visitor, which are set between 1912 and 1927.

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    1. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      "A Stage Across the Sea :: An unjustly-neglected Libyan novelist captured the twisted logic of colonialism, past and present."By Ursula LindseyOctober 1, 2015thenation/article/a-st"Spina’s opus is the colonial epic The Confines of the Shadow, a cycle of 11 novels and short-story collections [edit : !!!!!!!!!] that offers a deep and singular account of the great historical fractures that preceded the establishment of Moammar El-Gadhafi’s ­Jamahiriya in 1977. A first installment, In Lan [...]

    2. Alice on said:

      One of the more unusual books I've read. It's not really a narrative and perhaps this is why it took me so long to finish. It's a kind of allegorical history of Italian colonialism in Libya. Sometimes hard to understand but interesting and thought provoking. I'm going to read the next in the trilogy.

    3. georgia bookblast on said:

      A cosmopolitan array of characters illuminates Italy’s colonial experience from the euphoria of conquest, ranging from Ottoman functionaries, to Sanussi aristocrats and Italian officers, to the rise and fall of Fascism in the aftermath of World War II . . . and the country’s independence in the 1950s. Reviewed on The BookBlast® Diary 2017

    4. Sally Akins on said:

      Disclosure: I was send a copy of ‘The Confines of the Shadow’ for review purposes, but the opinions in this post are my own and unbiased.‘The Confines of the Shadow’* by Alessandro Spina is a collection of novels and short stories. They follow the transformation of Benghazi from a sleepy backwater in the 1910s to the second capital of an oil-rich kingdom in the 1950s. This is the first of a three volume translation of the novels by Andre Naffis-Sahely. It is a piece of literature very mu [...]

    5. J.C. Greenway on said:

      The thing I loved most about this book was also the thing that at times was most frustrating about it. Set in Libya in the 1920s and 30s, during the time of the Italian invasion, it features a cast of many characters. The book is a little like a soap opera in the way that it sets the reader down in the middle of one story, allows you to become comfortable with the characters and events before, as that tale unfolds, picking you up and taking you off to another. The cast are a little interconnecte [...]

    6. World Literature Today on said:

      "Few non-Western cities have penetrated our consciousness like Benghazi, Libya, following the 2012 attack on the American mission there, yet most of us know little about that city’s recent past. The English-language publication of Alessandro Spina’s grand, historical novel about twentieth-century Benghazi is a welcome antidote. Spina’s colorful tales of unrequited love, betrayal, and revenge spring from a cacophony of diverse voices—indigenous peoples of all castes, Italian occupiers, am [...]

    7. Jacques le fataliste et son maître on said:

      Confesso di essere stato attratto, in modo infantile, dalle dimensioni e – motivazione più presentabile – dall’argomento, che mi pare poco trattato: la conquista della Libia (e la resistenza libica), il dominio italiano, il successivo processo di decolonizzazione.

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