The color inside a melon : a novel

by Domini, John, 1951-

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Summary
A disastrous earthquake has Naples reeling. While the government scrambles to maintain appearances, poverty and anarchy rack the people on Italy's margins-the illegal immigrants out of Africa, known as the clandestini . One of whom has just been horrifically murdered.Enter amateur detective Risto. He's a rare success story: a refugee from Mogadishu, orphaned in his teens, he's now married the Neapolitan Paola and is the proprietor of a celebrated art gallery. The murder recalls the deaths of his loved ones years ago in Mogadishu, a trauma Risto can't outrun.Thinking to force the hand of the white authorities, Risto begins his own investigation. But once he starts playing detective, he quickly gets in over his head. Worse, his digging seems to have brought on a strange hallucination: a golden halo only he can see, like a visionary's foretelling of death. Everyone he knows, including the woman he loves, seems to brim with secrets; every discovery Risto makes drives him toward an earthquake of his own.A portrait of turmoil inside and out, The Color Inside a Melon explores race and class, belonging and exclusion in one of the world's ancient cities. Prolific author, critic, and essayist John Domini delivers an unforgettable portrait of humanity's endless struggle between moving on and making a home.
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Subjects Murder -- Italy -- Naples -- Fiction.
Immigrants -- Italy -- Fiction.
Earthquakes -- Italy -- Fiction.
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher Ann Arbor, MI :2019
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 340 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781945814853
1945814853
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