Acqua Alta (Commissario Brunetti, Book 5) by Donna Leon

By Donna Leon

Commissario Guido Brunetti of the Venice Questura is surprised to listen to that Brett Lynch, a chum considering that a homicide case at l. a. Fenice, has suffered a savage beating. The assault, within the attractive palazzo domestic of Flavia Petrelli, reigning diva of l. a. Scala, had include a message: 'Don't retain that appointment with Dottor Semenzato.' Then, with the hurricane clouds accumulating speedy over town, a man's physique is located ...

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Instead it gave full support to the creation of popular-front governments, based on the alliance of all democratic parties, to combat the Fascist menace. This was the policy which had been pursued by the Communists in Spain, and Togliatti's programme was the logical application of it for Italy. In 1944, the parameters of Italian Communist party strategy were also determined by the needs of the Russian war effort. The Russians at this time were extremely impatient for the Allies to relieve German pressure in the east by opening a second front in France.

Force of arms now decided all the Allies in the west,. the Russians in the east. When Churchill met Stalin at the Kremlin in October 1944, they successfully carved up Europe between them. There were some countries, Yugoslavia and Greece especially, where the issue - was not clear cut, but there could be no doubt about Italy. Churchill told Stalin en passant that he had no great respect for the Italian people. Stalin agreed that 'it was the Italian people who had- thrown up Mussolini', a 39 A History of Contemporary Italy l �, !

For four days Naples was the scene of bitter street fighting. On 30 September, with Allied troops fast approach­ ing, the Germans withdrew, leaving 162 dead Neapolitans and a trail of destruction and terror. The period of Allied occupation of the city, lasting from September 1943 to December 1944, was an unmitigated disaster. Severe bombing of the area near the port had left 200,000 Neapolitans homeless, and in the autumn of 1943 there was very little water and the sewers did not function. With the connivance of many levels of army command, an estimated 60 per cent of merchandise unloaded in the port disappeared on to the black market.

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