And while I’m here, some news for those of you who read Italian, or would like to, or know people who do. The View from the Tower, the first in my trilogy of novels examining the darker side of Rome, has just been published in Italian by Voland Edizioni, in the impeccable translation of Isabella Zani. The Italian edition has the title Occasioni di Morte (Chances of Death), from the epigraph (from the original version of Spain by W.H. Auden):
To-day the deliberate increase in the chances of death,/The conscious acceptance of guilt in the necessary murder.