Marguerite Yourcenar s story of Rome under the shadow of Mussolini is built around the tale of a failed attempt to assassinate the dictator. Around this she weaves the stories of nine people whose lives intersect through the passing from hand to hand of a ten-lire coin. As the skilfully constructed narrative unfolds we see how all the characters, from the whore and the flower seller to the rich doctor and the fading film star, are caught up in their own illusions and in the illusions engendered by Il Duce and his fascist ...

A Coin In Nine Hands 1995, The Harvill Press, London

ISBN-13: 9781860460142

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A Coin in Nine Hands 1994, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226965277

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A Coin in Nine Hands 1986, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl, New York

ISBN-13: 9780374519537

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A Coin in Nine Hands 1984, Black Swan, London

ISBN-13: 9780552991209

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A Coin in Nine Hands 1982, Farrar Straus Giroux

ISBN-13: 9780374125226

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