In this remarkable bestselling novel based on a true story, Vito Bruschini brilliantly narrates the spellbinding life of Prince Ferdinando Licata, the fictional founding father of the Sicilian Mafia.
Spanning more than two decades, The Prince travels from Sicily to the Bronx and back as the notorious mafiaso builds his power behind a veneer of honesty and elegance.
A skilful storyteller, Bruschini depicts in visceral detail the dark underbelly of the notorious Italian Mafia that has fascinated fans of The Godfather for decades. The Prince is a tour de force, replete with all the blood, guts and glory.
Vito Bruschini is a renowned Italian journalist who heads the news agency Globalpress. He lives in Rome.
'A seamlessly intricate plot and with striking effects, racial persecution, dirty dealings and sullied passions...Red-hot action, but treated with epic mastery.' La Repubblica
'A superb, passionate, spellbinding novel, which plunges us into the origins of the Mafia.' Page
Bruschini makes his U.S. debut with a brutal Mafia epic that spans the years from 1921 to 1943 and details the rise of fascism under Mussolini. When Prince Ferdinando Licata, a prominent landowner in the Sicilian town of Salemi, is implicated in a murder in 1939, he's forced to leave Italy for America. He establishes himself in New York City, where he gets caught up in a battle between rival Irish and Italian gangs in the Bronx. At the height of WWII, he returns to Sicily, where he gets into worse trouble. Scenes of shocking violence serve only to highlight the otherwise dry narrative and its shallow, frequently clich d characterizations. The author spends so much time on the minutiae of peripheral characters, as well as some awkward and extraneous sex scenes, that the reader never truly gets to know Licata. By the end, too many plot points are left unexplained.