La Bella Vita
2006, Reprint. A paperback copy in near fine, unmarked condition.
Set in Southern Italy in the year 1968, this is the story of the ancient village of Torre Saracena, a huddle of shuttered houses and sunbaked streets, that is perched on a promontory above the sea. For centuries this community has closed its ranks against everyone outside its walls; even the inhabitants of the nearest town.
"'This lovely book is a piece of tender sociology, charting the changes made when free love and fast food came to a community that had ignored the world for centuries'. Adam Mars-Jones, Writer and Critic 'Beautifully written, often very moving. Vida writes both as an in- and an outsider with equal conviction.' Bernice Rubens"
Vida Adamoli writes with the passion peculiar to those in love with their subject, resulting in an evocative and entertaining account of life in Italy. She lives in London, where she dreams of the warmth of southern Italy.