Selected Works

Nonfiction
A look at life in little-known mountain towns of the Sicilian hinterlands.
A true account of the last years of an ancient Sicilian giant bluefin tuna trap.






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Out of Palermo

remembering the tonnara of favignana

October 6, 2016

Tags: tonnara, mattanza, favignana, tradition, anima

I am on the island of Favignana and I see many changes. I am nostalgic for the island in the days of the tonnara. Click on the caption to see a slide show of those days.

A bloodless mattanza for tourists

February 29, 2016

Tags: favignana, tonnara, mattanza, tuna, tourist, fake, sham, money, tourism, tuna, giant bluefin tuna

I read in La Repubblica that the tonnara is coming back to Favignana, but just to draw tourists, and the men will not lift the tuna in teams of eight with lances of varying lengths as they used to. To know what a tonnara used to be like, please read my first book, Mattanza. (more…)

Ingrid Bergman at a Stromboli Mattanza

December 27, 2014

Tags: mattanza, ingrid bergman, stromboli, film clip, sicily, giant bluefin tuna, fishermen, island



Mattanza starts at 1:04. Bergman was "boulverse.`" Blown away. She made this film with Roberto Rosselini, who created it for her. Before this, Anna Magnani had been his love, his muse, his actress.

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