By Francine Prose
A mixing of artwork and cultural feedback, commute writing, and private narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose's innovative attention of the varied cultural legacies came upon juxtaposed and entangled at the Mediterranean island of Sicily. She writes of the depth of Sicily, the "commitment to the extreme," the place the historical past is extra colourful, the solar warmer, the cooking earthier, the violence extra awful, the carnival extra raucous, the politics extra Byzantine than different areas on the earth, and what sort of the island can train us concerning the triumph of attractiveness over violence and lifestyles over death.
Prose examines architectural websites and gadgets and appears on the ways that fable and reality converge. Exploring the intact and gorgeous Greek amphitheaters at Siracusa and Taormina, the cathedral at Monreale, the Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, and a few of the masterpieces of the Baroque scattered during the island, Prose focuses her prepared perception to visualize them of their personal time, to envision the evolution and decline of the cultures that produced them, and to deconstruct strong responses every one conjures up in her.
Illuminated by way of the author's personal photographs, Sicilian Odyssey brings unique and enigmatic Sicily to existence in the course of the prism of its earlier.