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This is Mawer’s first novel and it is not as accomplished as some of his later ones. It is ambitious – set in Italy and linking the periods of the Etruscans, the second world war and the present day. Mawer lives and teaches in Italy and his love for the country and understanding of (and sometimes frustration with) its people and politics are evident. There are multiple relationships here – David (the English soldier parachuted into Italy to lead the resistance against the Germans and later an ar ...more