ISBN: 9780230714618 Publisher: Pan Macmillan IndiaYear of publishing: 2010 Format: Hardcover
No of Pages: 246 Language: English
In the middle of the night at the Museum of Volterra, young archeologist Fabrizio Castellani is immersed in his work - research into the famous Etruscan statue known as 'the shade of twilight'. Completely...Read more
In the middle of the night at the Museum of Volterra, young archeologist Fabrizio Castellani is immersed in his work - research into the famous Etruscan statue known as 'the shade of twilight'. Completely engrossed, he is startled by the phone ringing. An icy female voice warns him to abandon his work at once. A series of gruesome killings shortly follow, throwing the people of Volterra into a panic. The victims - all involved in the descration of an unexplored tomb - have been torn to pieces by a beast of unimaginable size. Fabrizio is in charge of excavating this Etruscan tomb. Fabrizio is joined in his fearless investigation of the past by Francesca Dionisi, a vivacious young researcher, and foremost by Lieutenant Reggiani, a brilliant carabinieri officer assigned to the case. Fabrizio is convinced that a single event has set off the entire chain of events. What is hiding inside the enigmatic statue? What lies behind the bloodthirsty rage that has lain in wait for all these centuries? What tragedy is hidden behind the inscription? Will Fabrizio manage to unravel these secrets without being sucked into the spiral of violence himself? Read less
About the author: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
He was born in Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena and after getting a degree in Classical Arts at the University of Bologna, he immediately... Read more
He was born in Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena and after getting a degree in Classical Arts at the University of Bologna, he immediately entered the world of Archaeology, achieving a specialisation in topography of the Ancient World at the Catholic University of Milan.
At the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore itself, he taught from 1980 to 1986 to then move on to an academic career at the Universita of Venezia first (1987) and then at the Loyola University of Chicago, the Sorbonne University in Paris and the Bocconi University in Milan. However, due to his numerous commitments, both national and international, he can no longer lecture full time, but he holds a visiting professor role.
Between the '70s and the '80s, he has undertaken the "Anabasi" expeditions for the reconstruction of the itenarary of the Ten Thousand's retreat. This expedition covered a total of 18,000 km and 2,000 photographs being taken. He undertook and led numerous other expeditions, such as: Lavinium, Forum Gallorum and Forte Urbano in Italy, Túcume (Peru), Har Karkom and others overseas.
He has also held a series of conferences and seminars at the University of Oxford, University of California, National University of Canberra, Universidad de Antiochia, Universidad de Bilbao, Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo in Tenerfide and many others.
He has published many academic essays and articles and he has written several best-selling novels (amounting to a total of about 8 million copies sold worldwide). He also writes on many newspapers and magazines as a scientific journalist both in Italy (e.g., "Il Messaggero", "Panorama", "Archeo", "Focus") and in Spain (Spanish edition of "Focus" and "El Mundo").
His works have also been subject of awards, such as the "Man of the Year" in 1999 at the American Biographical Institute in North Carolina, "Corrado Alvaro Rhegium Julii" in 2003, "Hemingway" in 2004 and "Bancarella" in 2008.
His The Last Legion novel has only been the basis for the movie, bearing the same title, released in 2007 and starring actors such as Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley and others, and his Alexander Trilogy has been bought by Universal Pictures for yet another cinematic rendition of the story of Alexander the Great. He also written the screenplays for Marco d'Aviano and Gilgamesh and he has adapted Le Memorie di Adriano for cinema screening. Furthermore, he has hosted the television series Stargate - linea di confine for three seasons already on the Italian TV channel LA7 and he will also host Impero (Empire) on the very same channel. Read less