For most Italians, World War II was a pivotal personal experience. This well-researched novel explores what happened to the author's father and uncle while serving in the Italian Army and Navy. As a naval intelligence officer, Alberto was in Rome and privy to the most dangerous secrets of the war. His brother Vittorio, wounded at Tobruk in Libya, was sent to a British POW camp in India, where he remained until the end of 1946 because he refused to join the same anti-fascist side as his brother. The two brothers didn't know about each other's fate for the duration of the war and made different choices, often with tragic consequences.
Paolo Mastrolilli is a journalist with RAI 1 television news in Rome, Italy. He divides his time between Italy and the United States.