Back to Bologna

Back to Bologna

Book - 2006
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In the latest installment in his critically acclaimed Italian mystery series, Michael Didbin sends Aurelio Zen to Italy's culinary capital, Bologna, where he discovers that some cases are not quite what they appear to be.

When the corpse of the shady Bologna industrialist who owns the local football team is found both shot and stabbed with a Parmesan knife, Aurelio Zen is summoned to oversee the investigation. Anxious for a break from his girlfriend, who attributes Zen's slow recovery from routine surgery to hypochondria, he is only too happy to take on what first appears to be an undemanding assignment. The case quickly spins out of control, becoming entangled with the fates of a student semiotics, a mysterious immigrant claiming to be royalty, and Bologna's most incompetent private detective. Meanwhile a prominent postmodern academic accuses Italy's leading celebrity chef of being a fraud. Back to Bologna is dazzlingly plotted and delivers both comic and serious insights into the realities of today's Italy.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006.
Edition: First Vintage crimeBlack Lizard edition.
ISBN: 9780307275882
0307275884
Branch Call Number: DIB
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 21 cm.

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tjdickey
Jun 22, 2017

Dibdin, as so often is the case, offers us Italy herself as one of the main characters of the novel. In this instance, it is a whimsical (even madcap!) take on Italy and some of her obsessions: politics, romance, traditional cuisine, football, reality TV, noir gumshoe detectives, even a thinly-disguised caricature of semiotics professor-turned-bestselling author Umberto Eco.

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Ecsandar
Jun 18, 2016

Unusually light, almost comedic installment of the normally rather dark Aurielio Zen series.

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tom18
Jun 21, 2014

About all that I can say about this book is that I stopped reading it after about three pages because the author's language would have made a sewer blush.

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