That Awful Mess on Via Merulana
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|Author||Carlo Emilio Gadda|
|Original title||'Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana'|
|Publisher||Garzanti Editore s.p.a.|
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Pages||400 (NYRB edition)|
In fascist Italy in 1927, Detective Francesco Ingravallo, known to friends as Don Ciccio, is called in to investigate the murder of Liliana Balducci, a well-to-do woman who happens to be a close friend. As Don Ciccio and his colleagues dig deeper into the grisly murder, the mechanics of the detective novel take a backseat to the wordplay and experimentation with which Gadda presents a panorama of life in early fascist Rome.
That Awful Mess on Via Merulana was well received in Italian literary circles.