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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Wonderfully realized novel of opera, Naples, AIDS, the gulf created by loss of lover. Funny. Sad. Beautifully executed. Never heavy handed or manipulative. Read full review

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Excellent book. Filled with drama, recurring themes, an artistic page turner! Lots to discuss – interesting symbolism. Out of print so plan ahead to get everyone access to a copy. 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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