Golden Umbria is home to breathtaking scenery and great art; it is also where Hannibal and his invading band of Carthaginians ambushed and slaughtered a Roman legion, and where the local place-names still speak of that bloodshed.
Unsworth’s contemporary invaders include the Greens, a retired American couple seeking serenity among the Umbrian hills, who are bilked out of their savings by the corrupt English “building expert” Stan Blemish; the Chapmans, a British property speculator and his wife, whose dispute with their neighbors over a wall escalates into a feud of nearly medieval proportions; Anders Ritter, a German haunted by the part his father played in a mass killing of Italian hostages in Rome during the Second World War; and Fabio and Arturo, a gay couple who, searching for peace and self-sufficiency, find treachery instead. And at the center of all these webs of deceit and greed is the cunning lawyer Mancini, happy to aid the disputants–and to exploit to the fullest the faith that these “innocents abroad” have placed in him.
Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 and grew up in a mining town in northeast England. Descended from a long line of coal miners, he was the first Unsworth to escape the mines. He attended Manchester University and published his… More about Barry Unsworth
“Throughout After Hannibal you feel that here is a writer at the height of his powers, equally at ease with the big brush as with the small, taking considerable risks and pulling them off in a manner that’s all the more impressive for being so unobtrusive.” —Sunday Telegraph
“A skillfully composed and beautifully written novel.” —Times Literary Supplement
“Few novelists now writing are anything like as reliably enjoyable as Barry Unsworth…There’s very little the reviewer needs to say about his fiction, except: read it.” —The Spectator