Donna Leon: Death in a Strange Country Commissario Brunetti #2

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The Carabinieri major are politely warned off the case after they discover a connection between the dead soldier a sick boy contracts for the disposal of toxic waste Brunetti s father in law and the ostensible suicide by heroin overdose of Dr Peters not to mention the theft of some famous paintings from a prominent businessmanAs with many of her other books you are left at the end deeply saddened by the corruption the illicit use of power and its effect on Brunetti who despite all struggles on trying to stay an honest cop He is a wonderful character Donna Leon s books uite simply inhabit Venice Those of us who now it only superficially find it easy to recognise and by the end feel we understand the city and its customs and hidden corners a little better If we have never dropped in at that little bar for a coffee and a brioche we can be sure we will spot it next time and not pass by The crime of course is intriguing enough to eep the reader turning pages but the pleasure is the setting in which it is wrapped the place and the people Above all the people Commissario Brunetti has few rivals in detective fiction for the way in which his character emerges through myriad small details The reader sees him at work and at home with strengths and weaknesses in both but they are indivisible halves of the same man If one were the victim of a crime one would be fortunate indeed to have Brunetti on the case The Commissario alone would guarantee Donna Leon s rightful place among the best of her peers but there are other subtle virtues not to be overlooked In passing Death in a Strange Country airs thoughtful views on immigration on corruption and on polution of the planet And all this with a beautifully understated sense of humour At one point Paola Brunetti makes a risotto for her husband He took two forkfuls sighed in appreciation and continued to eat Paola saw that he had passed beyond the point of hunger and was eating for the pleasure of the act Contemplating the long list of Donna Leon s other titles one experiences a similar sensation The second of the long running Brunetti series and here we see Leon introducing a politicised element to her emotive story telling issues of the American army in Europe of toxic waste and high level cover ups merge with domestic scenes in Venice Especially potent are the portraits of a Sicilian mother and her petty criminal son and the ambiguous activities of Brunetti s own father in lawOffsetting the darker elements are scenes of comedy in Brunetti s ongoing feud with Patta his boss and the wonderful warmth of his family life Nuanced and a When a death in Venice is no longer the subject of a literary work but of a murder investigation Commissario Brunetti s problems begin to mount The unidentified corpse fished from the canal is not Italian Bad The deceased turns out to have been an American Worse The American was a memb. Nte e secreta Veneza cujos recantos só alguns conhecem Mediante a estranha visão da remoção do cadáver de um jovem americano de um fétido canal dauela cidade Guido Brunetti dedide encetar um investigação de grande perigo ue chega a envolver a Máfia e o Exército Americ.

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Er of the US Military Could things possibly get worse AbsolutelyIt says something about efficiency that Brunetti is pulled from a sound sleep two and a half hours before his shift begins The dispatcher deflects Brunetti s ire by pointing out no one else is around Everyone from the night shift has already gone home Brunetti s second jolt of the morning comes from his superior Vice uestore Patta who confronts him the moment Patta gets in 1100 AM His near hysteria reminded me of the mayor in Jaws We can t have Americans being murdered in this city not with the state of tourism this year Do you understand that Brunetti fought back the impulse to ask if it would be all right to ill people of other nationalities Albanians perhaps but instead said only Yes sir p25 In most cases Brunetti is able to get on with his work by deflecting his clueless martinet of a boss with euivocal witticisms In this case this will prove challengingThis book was published in 1993 and opens a window into Italian politics of the time The mafia and the government were so closely intertwined they were practically interchangeable as reflected in this passage Brunetti mafiaEven up here Ambrogiani Why not They ve got to go somewhere All they do is ill one another down South How many murders have there been so far this year Two hundred Two hundred and fifty So they ve started moving up here Brunetti The government Ambrogiani gave the special snort of disgust that Italians reserve for use only when speaking of their government Who can tell them apart any mafia and government p275Tensions with the Americans are also evident The deceased s base was in nearby Vicenza a military complex run like a Little America There Brunetti is met with cordial smiles and vague seemingly innocuous lies Brunetti s wife Paolo is of a presence than in many of the later books Here she seems to be the woman who can do it all She is mother to their two children teaches literature at the nearby university eeps abreast of politics and social justice and deals with Brunetti s unpredictable schedule with aplomb No reader could hate her however Her effortlessly produced dinners are to die for risotto wedges of golden polenta shank of veal roasted with olives and white wine She is also a crucial link in the story Her father is Count Orazio shrewd discreet and pragmatic He inhabits a different world one that Brunetti finds will connect with his caseI love Donna Leon s mysteries Moral dilemmas social problems and engaging characters come alive with her animated prose and inventive dialogues NOTESItaly 1993 Italy 1992 Military bases in Italy Death in a Strange Country is a fairly weak mystery that is tied up in a totally unsatisfactory way However I love the daily life of Commissario Brunetti I would read a week in the life of Brunetti if all he did was walk around Venice and eat While I couldn t care less about the. Ano Ao tentar desmascarar uma cabala ue envolve a transacção de lixos tóxicos o irresistível Brunetti acaba por colocar a sua própria vida em risco Em síntese mais um livro na linha desta extraordinária renovação do policial ue o situa nos cânones da grande literatura.

I continue to be an enormous fan of the Commisario Brunetti series For those of you who may have missed my earlier reviews Donna Leon teaches English for the University of Maryland Extension near Venice and has lived in Italy for many years She portrays the flavor of Italian life vividly and it s clear that while she must love living there petty and not so petty corruption is rampant She makes delightfully wicked little comments For example the Carabineri major interviewed by Brunetti on an American army post not base that s for the Air Force waxes on about the characteristics of Americans They tend to be arrogant of course but Americans are really too insecure to be truly arrogant unlike the Germans ClassicBrunetti is walking home through battalions of ravaging tourists who centered their attacks on the area around San Marcos Each year it grew harder to have patience with them to put up with their stop and go walking with their insistence on walking three abreast through even the narrowest calles There were times when he wanted to scream at them even push them aside but he contented himself by taking out all of his aggressions through the single expedient of refusing to stop or in any way alter his course in order to allow them a photo opportunity Because of this he was sure that his body back and elbow appeared in hundreds of photos and videos He sometimes contemplated the disappointed Germans looking at their summer videos during the violence of the North Sea storm as they watched a purposeful dark suited Italian walk in front of Tante Gerda or an Onkel Franz blurring if only for a moment the lederhosen clad tourists with what was probably the only real Italian they would see during their stayAn American soldier Sgt Michael Foster an American public health inspector at the American military hospital in Vicenza has been found floating in one of the Venetian canals In an act of true heroism two policemen jump in the water the water being so dirty hence the heroism and drag him out Brunetti s superior would like nothing better than to have the case buried because the idea of an American being Dark Ties (Broken Saints Society killed in Venice would ruin the tourist trade Brunetti purposefully manipulates his boss into thinking the murder might have been committed elsewhere must think of tourism of course so he can be authorized to travel to the man s post and investigate An army captain Dr Peters a woman doctor who had come to Venice to identify the body in the morgue had vomited from what Brunetti thought was from fear when she saw how the man had beenilled by a nife plunging directly through the ribs into the heart He suspects something is rather odd about this case especially when he finds some cocaine that was not well hidden in the dead soldier s apartment apparently after it had been thoroughly searched by the military authorities The case becomes complicated as both he and. Donna Leon é considerada uma das grandes senhoras do policial contemporâneo e dela a Editorial Presença já publicou «Morte no La Fenice» Tendo como personagem principal o detective Guido Brunetti este segundo romance da autora decorre à semelhança do primeiro na fascina.

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