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    Alfio Caruso


Willy Melodia

Author: Alfio Caruso

Love, power, and war in this enthralling Mafia saga. Willy Melodia, a Sicilian piano player and Mafioso by default, is an accidental witness to the world’s most exciting and devious Mafia developments, from turn-of-the-century Sicily to Modern-day America. In this novel, history is told from his perspective: famous Mafiosi, such as Lucky Luciano, Frank Costello, Al Capone, Joe Adonis, Meyer Lansky, Vito Genovese, Bugsy Siegel, and Joseph Bonanno. Spanning from Chicago’s heyday to Nazi-occupied Europe, from Israeli independence to the birth of Las Vegas, and including Frank Sinatra, Porgy and Bess, and Luigi Pirandello, Willy Melodia is a novel of extraordinary breadth and scope.

Publisher: Einaudi
Publish Date: 2008
Page Count: 505, paperback

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(Liana Levi)



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.

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