Cribbing from the crime pages of Italian newspapers, Dacia Maraini creates in Darkness a memorable cast of characters for whom la dolce vita is merely a pipe dream. Among them is 12-year-old Viollca, an Albanian immigrant sold into prostitution by her parents, and Tano, a boy who brings charges of abuse against his father. Connecting the stories is Adele-Sofia, a tenderhearted police commissioner with nerves of steel. In spare, lyrical prose, Darkness illuminates Rome's underbelly with courage and compassion.

Darkness: Fiction 2002, Steerforth Press

ISBN-13: 9781586420482