Fiction Barry Unsworth After Hannibal

ISBN 13: 9780140175752

After Hannibal

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9780140175752: After Hannibal

Set amidst Umbria's landscape of desires and memories, a cast of characters collide in a web of deceit, greed and fallibility. At the centre of these overlapping stories is the cunning lawyer, Mancini, who has an unerring ability to predict and control events.

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Barry Unsworth, who lives in Umbria, has chosen to set his latest novel, After Hannibal, among the wandering lanes and ancient fields he knows well. His cast of characters is a diverse bunch that includes a homosexual couple named Fabio and Arturo; a mentally unstable German named Ritter; the Greens, an American couple; the morose Italian historian Monti; and the Chapmans, a dull British couple at war with a local family, the Checchettis, over maintenance of a wall that fronts the country lane they both share. Unsworth uses geographical propinquity to link them all together and then throws in another common bond as well: the crafty lawyer Mancini, whom almost all have cause to consult at one time or another during the course of the novel.

Unsworth's darkly comic novel of greed, perfidy, and deceit occupies a landscape all too familiar with such things; Umbria is, after all, the place where Carthaginian invaders under Hannibal ambushed and slaughtered an entire Roman legion. Tactics have changed since the days of Hannibal, but the Umbria of After Hannibal is still a treacherous locale.

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Praise from England for After Hannibal

"Throughout After Hannibal you feel that here is a writer at the height of his powers, equally at ease with the big brush as with the small, taking considerable risks and pulling them off in a manner that's all the more impressive for being so unobtrusive."
--Sunday Telegraph

"A skillfully composed and beautifully written novel."
--Times Literary Supplement

"Few novelists now writing are anything like as reliably enjoyable as Barry Unsworth...There's very little the reviewer needs to say about his fiction, except: read it."
--The Spectator

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