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Heart of Palermo

No room for Piero at the Palermo Cemetery

Coffins lined up in a makeshift shelter at Palermo's municipal I Rotoli Cemetery.

A friend wrote me to say how disgusted he is with Palermo city government. Pino Lo Cascio, a lifelong friend of Piero Corrao's,  sent me this picture of corpse-filled coffins waiting for burial. He says the city crematorium broke and has not been fixed, and there is no more room in the cemetery to bury the dead. "So we cannot even bring flowers to Piero's grave," he laments. Piero, my fisherman friend who appeared in both my books, smoked cigarettes most of his life and died at home in Mondello in February 2021. His friends miss him.

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