Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio

A compelling mix of social satire and murder mystery. 

A small culturally mixed community living in an apartment building in the center of Rome is thrown into disarray when one of the neighbors is murdered. An investigation ensues and as each of the victim's neighbors is questioned, the reader is offered an all-access pass into the most colorful neighborhood in contemporary Rome. Each character takes his or her turn center-stage, giving evidence, recounting his or her story the dramas of racial identity, the anxieties and misunderstandings born of a life spent on society's margins, the daily humiliations provoked by mainstream culture's fears and indifference, preconceptions and insensitivity. What emerges is a moving story that is common to us all, whether we live in Italy or Los Angeles. 

This novel is animated by a style that is as colorful as the neighborhood it describes and is characterized by seemingly effortless equipoise that borrows from the cinematic tradition of the Commedia all Italiana as exemplified by directors such as Federico Fellini. 

At the heart of this bittersweet comedy told with affection and sensitivity is a social reality that we often tend to ignore and an anthropological analysis, refreshing in its generosity, that cannot fail to fascinate.

Title:Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781933372617
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    Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio Reviews

  • Richard Derus

    Rating: 3.75* of fiveThe Publisher Says: A compelling mix of social satire and murder mystery.A small culturally mixed community living in an apartment building in the center of Rome is thrown into di...

  • Kelly

    The Gladiator has been murdered. (Alas, Russell Crowe haters, not that one) One Lorenzo Manfredini, hated bastard of the apartment building on the Piazza Vittorio. Ten people with connections to the b...

  • Corinna

    A not particularly well-liked tenant is murdered in the elevator in a building off of Piazza Vittorio and the most well-liked tenant is the prime suspect. The inspector in charge of the investigation ...

  • kasia

    A really clever idea, and a worthwhile topic, but not particularly well executed. The ideas are good, but the prose is flat and the characters are mostly caricatures. A great pity.Full Review...

  • Pascale

    In my view, this novel deserves neither the prestigious literary prize it got in Italy, not the scathing reviews it got on Goodreads. It is based on a rather clever idea, and then, unfortunately, pain...

  • Kathy Chumley

    What an odd little book. On one hand there's thought provoking social commentary on immigration and multiculturalism in modern day Italy. On the other are flat characters and simplistic writing, thoug...

  • Trina

    This is a powerful little book, funny and also revealing. I appreciated it most for a look at the "new Rome" -- but it also reveals that "Italy" is just an idea of a nation in non-Italians' mind -- fo...

  • Susie Chocolate

    My cousin who is an avid reader and whose suggestions are always spot on, recommended this to me and as a smart read and one her book club had read and had a great discussion about it.What an interest...

  • Owlseyes

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  • Ava Butzu

    The premise is intriguing - a bully named "The Gladiator" ends up dead in the elevator of an apartment building in Rome. The suspect is a resident, Amadeo, who is oddly beloved by ALL of the ragtag ch...