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After leaving his home in pursuit of a military career, Sicilian nobleman Vitello Scarpia finds himself expelled from the Spanish royal guard and left to seek his fortune in Italy. Scarpia enrolls in the papal army and is soon taken up by a countess eager to have a handsome young officer at her side. She introduces Scarpia into Roman society. He is both enthralled and agitated by its mix of religiosity, sophistication, decadence, and intrigue. On a mission to Venice, he meets the gifted, beautiful singer Floria Tosca. As the armies of revolutionary France advance into Italy, and war and revolution engulf the whole peninsula, these two lives become entwined. Steeped in factual detail and exploring the lives of figures from Puccini's famous opera, Scarpia shines a light into dusty corridors of history and dark corners of the human soul.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2015.
ISBN: 9781632863249
Characteristics: 367 pages ; 25 cm.


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Dec 03, 2017

This was my first introduction to the author, Piers Paul Read. I devoured this book. It captured my attention and held it firmly in grasp until the last page. The characters are so believable and the plot filled with unexpected twists as it gallops towards an inevitable and gripping conclusion. This story is an exposé of the fullest range of human virtues and vices and the vicissitudes of fortune and failure which can visit the highest and the low in society. History, politics and religion envelope a volatile world in which men and women love and hate with passion and can find no easy answers to profound questions about right and wrong.


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