Back to Bologna

Back to Bologna

Book - 2006 | 1st Vintage crime/Black Lizard ed.
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Baker & Taylor
The latest Aurelio Zen mystery follows the world-weary Venetian detective to Bologna to investigate the apparently straightforward murder of a local industrialist, embroiling him a case that quickly spirals out of control and entangles him with a semiotics student, a mysterious immigrant claiming to be royalty, and Bologna's most incompetent private detective. Original. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In the latest installment in his critically acclaimed Italian mystery series, Michael Didbin sends Aurelio Zen to Italy’s culinary capital, Bologna, where he discovers that some cases are not quite what they appear to be.

When the corpse of the shady Bologna industrialist who owns the local football team is found both shot and stabbed with a Parmesan knife, Aurelio Zen is summoned to oversee the investigation. Anxious for a break from his girlfriend, who attributes Zen’s slow recovery from routine surgery to hypochondria, he is only too happy to take on what first appears to be an undemanding assignment. The case quickly spins out of control, becoming entangled with the fates of a student semiotics, a mysterious immigrant claiming to be royalty, and Bologna’s most incompetent private detective. Meanwhile a prominent postmodern academic accuses Italy’s leading celebrity chef of being a fraud. Back to Bologna is dazzlingly plotted and delivers both comic and serious insights into the realities of today’s Italy.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2006.
Edition: 1st Vintage crime/Black Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9780307275882
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jun 22, 2017

Dibdin, as so often is the case, offers us Italy herself as one of the main characters of the novel. In this instance, it is a whimsical (even madcap!) take on Italy and some of her obsessions: politics, romance, traditional cuisine, football, reality TV, noir gumshoe detectives, even a thinly-disguised caricature of semiotics professor-turned-bestselling author Umberto Eco.

Jun 18, 2016

Unusually light, almost comedic installment of the normally rather dark Aurielio Zen series.

Jun 21, 2014

About all that I can say about this book is that I stopped reading it after about three pages because the author's language would have made a sewer blush.


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