By Donna Leon
"Brunetti is a surprise: clever, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post
Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of visitors and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet prior to he can subscribe to his kin on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing courtroom files lands on his table. An previous buddy suspects a sinister rationale in the back of an area court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is anxious approximately his aunt's unexpected- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's support. simply while it sort of feels Brunetti might be capable of make his getaway, a brutal crime shocks town and he forces himself to shake off the warmth and get all the way down to work.
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Moreover, Italian immigrants used food for social purposes, a habit in distinct contrast to populations back in Italy. In the nineteenth century, Italians may have come together on feast days and other special holidays, but every other day, peasant and worker consumed foods hurriedly and usually alone. The ritual of shared homecooked meals simply did not exist for the majority of the population back in Italy. Thus, food and acts of consumption became ways to reproduce an identity not quite rooted in experience, but perhaps rooted in how previous experience should have been.
The ritual of shared homecooked meals simply did not exist for the majority of the population back in Italy. Thus, food and acts of consumption became ways to reproduce an identity not quite rooted in experience, but perhaps rooted in how previous experience should have been. Indeed, this is still the case today, at least in the United States, where nostalgia for authentic Italian cuisine goes hand in hand with memories of grandmother’s kitchen and the family table. Such memories are now contrasted to the hurried horrors of American life, of canned spaghetti and microwaved pizza.
Food still represented what was wrong with Italy, but during the war, discussions about food consumption reflected the conflict between consumers and the State over the price and availability of State Intervention, 1914–1922 • 41 food. Consumption habits and expectations were ‘nationalized’ in the sense that Italians became accustomed to goods like wheat bread, olive oil, canned tomatoes, and pasta. When the government failed to control prices or threatened to pull subsidies, consumers protested because they did not want to give up their wartime gains.
A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19) by Donna Leon