By Donna Leon
"Brunetti is a wonder: clever, cultured, and devoted to his work." --The Washington Post
Commissario Guido Brunetti longs to flee the crowds of visitors and oppressive warmth of Venice in August. yet prior to he can sign up for his kin on vacation within the mountains, a folder containing courtroom files lands on his table. An previous good friend suspects a sinister intent in the back of a neighborhood court's infamous inefficiency. in the meantime, Brunetti's colleague, Inspector Lorenzo Vianello, is anxious approximately his aunt's surprising- and expensive-interest in astrology and enlists the commissario's aid. simply while it kind of feels Brunetti could be in a position to make his getaway, a brutal crime shocks town and he forces himself to shake off the warmth and get right down to work.
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The sticking point was not so much the lack of funding for local administration but the failure of Athens to pay the extra occupation costs. 35 These accounts suggest that, as the destitute quisling government lost control over the national economy and food distribution, local areas were forced to operate as separate entities. The real impact on daily life of this critical disruption can therefore be observed in local areas such as the Cyclades. 36 In the absence of payment from Athens, some of the occupation costs were being taken out of local funds during the most critical period of famine.
33 The aim there had been to build a showcase for fascism and enhance Italy’s international prestige. Syros and the Cyclades would benefit, at least initially, from a residue of the civilizing mission but the wartime policy of extracting all it could from the islands to compensate Italy for occupation expenses ultimately had the opposite effect. The impact of the distacco policy An attempt to enforce a total ban on exports, in line with distacco policy, was a failure and threw the Syros market into crisis.
As a first step, Duca said he had made a systematic effort to raise money from those citizens with 36 MUSSOLINI’S GREEK ISLAND the means to contribute, in spite of reluctance on their part. Adding to funds of 560,000 drachmas donated by Campioni himself, he had raised nearly three million drachmas and forecasted further contributions which he hoped to extract, ‘more or less coercively’, from other wealthy residents. 39 The semester in question would be the most critical stage of the famine and Duca’s miscalculation undoubtedly had some bearing on the Italian lack of preparation to meet the food crisis.
A Question of Belief (Commissario Brunetti, Book 19) by Donna Leon