Employing a cosmopolitan array of characters, ranging from Italian soldiers to Ottoman functionaries, The Fourth Shore (the term was Mussolini’s name for the Mediterranean shore of Libya) chronicles Italy’s colonial experience from the euphoria of conquest— giving the reader a front-row seat to the rise and subsequent fall of Fascism in the aftermath of World War II—to the country’s independence in the 1950s. The discovery of Libya’s vast oil and gas reserves will trigger the tumultuous changes that led to Muammar Gaddafi’s forty-two-year dictatorship.
SubtitleThe Confines of the Shadow Volume II
AuthorBy Alessandro Spina, Translated by André Naffis-Sahely
Published8 January 2019
Dimensions6.00 x 9.00in.
About the author
Alessandro Spina was the nom de plume of Basili Shafik Khouzam, who was born into a family of Syrian Maronites in Benghazi in 1927. His work was short-listed for the Strega and Campiello prizes and, when it was published in full, The Confines of the Shadow was awarded the Bagutta Prize.
André Naffis-Sahely is a renowned Italian-Iranian poet, critic, and translator. He is the recipient of a 2016 Writers in Translation Award from English PEN. He has written for the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent, and the Economist and is a contributor to Words Without Borders. He lives in Los Angeles.