Author(s): Roberto Alajmo
The siren-like qualities of the Sicilian capital are woven layer upon layer, each one revealing a stratum of the city's character. In Palermo, Robert Alajmo lays out a compelling series of reflections on the city's apparently endless facets. Disguised as a tourist's handbook but written from the view of a lifelong resident - with all the experience, affection, inside knowledge and frustrations that entails - Alajmo offers more than the ordinary recommendations for travellers. Palermo has been at history's crossroads since recorded time began; an archive of hidden cultural, architectural and culinary jewels. Its people, their politics and their secrets, are subtly revealed, as is the ineffable presence of the mafia in the cycles of daily life. Ultimately what is described is the essence of the city and its beauty.
Roberto Alajmo is an award-winning writer and journalist. His books have been translated in many language including French, German, Spanish, and Swedish. He was born in Palermo in 1959, where he currently lives and works. Guido Waldman is a translator and editor. His many translations include Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Alessandro Baricco's Silk.