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David Kerekes is well-known to horror and exploitation film scholars for his work with Headpress, not to mention books like Killing For Culture, but his latest book shows a different side of the author altogether.  It’s entitled Mezzogiorno and it finds Kerekes blending fiction with folklore in an exploration of life in southern Italy.  Read on for all the Neapolitan novel details, including a breakdown of its chapters and a link to a PDF sample of its first chapter…

Mezzogiorno: Life. Death. Southern Italy by David Kerekes is a work of fable and fact, spanning three generations of southern Italian family life. Set amidst a landscape of peasant riots, vicious landlords, religious festival, feuds, the collapse of the Fascist party, and the tarantella — a world lost to the changing face of the twenty-first century.

“Europe ends at Naples and ends badly.
Calabria, Sicily and all the rest belong to Africa.”
Creuzé de Lesser, 1806

No geographical map distinguishes Montefalcione as being different from any number of isolated mountain villages in southern Italy. It has ancient customs and its own saints and feast days, like other villages.

Yet Montefalcione in Campania is the setting for a unique meditation on family and the Italian Diaspora, reconstructing three generations of village life through myth, superstition, and the anecdotal history of the author’s own family.

The drama unfolds amidst a landscape of peasant riots, vicious landlords, religious festival, feuds, the collapse of the Fascist party, and the tarantella — a world lost to the changing face of the twenty-first century.

By David Kerekes, co-author of Killing for Culture and See No Evil.

Chapters:

List of characters

  1. When entering the village of Montefalcione
  2. Italy Iantosca 1955
  3. The tradition of the chicken
  4. Bread & labour
  5. A slight earthquake
  6. Brigandage
  7. The evil eye
  8. Duce, fascisti!
  9. A dozen ricottas
  10. Sanduccio’s gate
  11. Jus sanguinis
  12. Contraband
  13. A fight at the wedding
  14. The drowning of Martignetti’s wife & daughter
  15. Montevergine
  16. The election day quarrel
  17. Natalina falls ill
  18. Zi Minuccio, the agent for the village
  19. Festa
  20. A toast to Saravatico
  21. Diaspora

Bibliography & Sources
Acknowledgements
About the author

http://www.worldheadpress.com/images/File/BOOK%20EXTRACTS/MEZZOGIORNO/Mezzogiorno_extract_chapter_one.pdf