• img-book

    Alfio Caruso


The Art of a Useless Life

Author: Alfio Caruso

Willy Melodia has returned to Italy from the United States at the behest of Charles “Lucky” Luciano, the father of American organized crime. He crosses the Italian countryside in his enormous Delahaye coupe, the nation devastated by World War II, but clinging to the possibility of a brighter future. He decides to open a restaurant in Taormina, a coastal town in Sicily, styled after the swanky, American piano bars where he performed for 15 years. Paradise quickly becomes the hottest spot in town after the inauguration of the Taormina Film Festival, when its exceptional cuisine and pianist become the favorite of world-renowned stars. But Willy has left behind his two children, Sal and Sarah, in America, and each are unaware of the other’s existence. A slice of Italian post-war life told through the eyes of a man embroiled in the glamorous and perilous lifestyle of a Mafioso.

Publisher: Einaudi
Publish Date: 2010
Page Count: 375, paperback


Alfio Caruso (Catania, 1950) was one of the original founders of Il Giornale newspaper in 1974. In the '80's, he worked for the Corriere della Sera as Editor-in-Chief, and the Gazzetta dello Sport as Deputy Editor. He was appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Messaggero newspaper in 1995, and the Editorial Director of the Nazione, the Resto del Carlino, and Il Giorno in 1996. Caruso is also an author of crime novels, and an essayist on Italian history and the Mafia.

Books of Alfio Caruso