The Mill on the Po: Misery (Book Two)
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By Riccardo Bacchelli
The Mill on the Po: Misery
The Mill on the Po trilogy tells of the birth of Italy as a nation; its central figures are Lazzaro Scacerni and his family, their mill on the river Po, and the river itself—stately, savage, source of both life and death.
And so we arrive at the encouraging truth that quarrels and wars and all the most violent human passions, when there is good will on the part of God and man, actually contribute to the achievement of unity among men and the profit of civilization. (Riccardo Bacchelli)
Misery, set in the years 1848 to 1872, follows Giuseppe, the miller’s son, as he makes a remarkably successful career of smuggling, leaving the management of Saint Michael’s Mill to his wife, Cecilia. Yet for all Giuseppe’s schemes and successes, a torrent of tribulation threatens to sweep away all that the Scacerni family has built. Expanding the Scacerni story into its next generation, Misery deftly continues Bacchelli’s capacious and passionate masterpiece, The Mill on the Po.
Riccardo Bacchelli (1891–1985) was an Italian historian, literary critic, and novelist. Nominated eight times for the Nobel Prize in Literature, he achieved renown for his dedication to the Italian literary tradition and his ambitious and outstanding historical novels, foremost among which are The Mill on the Po and The Three Slaves of Julius Caesar.