LAURENT GAUDÉ IS A RARE AUTHOR WHO THRIVES THROUGH HIS NOVELS, TO BRUSH OFF FAMILY SITUATIONS OR SOCIAL PANORAMAS.
Italy, it’s often inspired: it’s excelled in Eldorado, published in 2006 which traces the hell of African migrants landing on the island of Lampedusa in Southern Italy. We can’t leave for Apulia without slipping The Scortas’ Sun in our luggage. This colorful novel, fragrant, feverishly transports us to this region and portrays the misadventures of several generations of an Apulia family whom live in extreme poverty. The entire novel centers on the village of Montepuccio, a burning place, excruciating sun where all traditions are pushed to excess. These feasts, for example (especially the famous family lunches on Trabuccos), that of the eminent culture of secrecy, but also the sense of honor with the mysterious murders that reinforce the serious tone of the novel, both sensual and humanistic. A little treasure that you’ll eat up.