The Uncle from Rome

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Penguin Books, Jan 1, 1993 - Fiction - 288 pages
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Having fallen short of opera stardom in the U.S. and having recently lost his ex-lover to AIDS, Michael Ruane ventures to Naples in an attempt to renew himself personally and professionally. "A dazzling tour de force, deftly melding the exaggerated passions of grand opera with the techniques of contemporary fiction".--Los Angeles Times.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

An emotionally numb American tenor, good enough only for opera's secondary roles, finds the grief he seeks over his male lover's death by entangling himself in the lives of overwrought Neapolitans ... Read full review

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Michael Ruana is in Naples to direct and star in Curlew River and to sing the compirmario part in Tosca . His third role, which he agrees to take on as a favor to his leading lady, is to pretend to be ... Read full review


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JOSEPH CALDWELL is a playwright and novelist who has been awarded the Rome Prize for Literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the author of five novels in addition to the Pig Trilogy. He began writing the trilogy when he was a volunteer in a hospital during the AIDS epidemic. Realizing his work could get no darker, he had to lighten up. Caldwell lives in New York City.

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