Troubador Mazzeri

Released: 01/07/2013

ISBN: 9781780885384

eISBN: 9781780885841

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Love and Death in Light and Shadow. A novel of Corsica


It is the last summer of the twentieth century in Calvi, northern Corsica, and an old man sits watching the kites fly. The festival of the wind is a lively and colourful celebration, but the old man's heart is heavy, he has heard the Mazzeri whisper his name. He accepts that people prefer to believe the dream hunters belong to the past and yet he knows only too well that at night they still roam the maquis in search of the faces of those whose time has come.

Ten years later in the high citadel of Bonifacio, in the southern tip of the island, Richard Ross, armed with only the faded photograph of a Legionnaire standing beneath a stone gateway, finds the locals curiously unwilling to help him uncover his family's roots. He rents a villa on the coast and meets the singularly beautiful Manou Pietri, who enchants him with tales of the megalithic isle, its folklore and the Mazzeri - the dream hunters.

For a while Ric's life beneath the Corsican sun is as close to perfect as he could wish. Then a chance encounter with a feral boy turns Ric's life upside down, and he is drawn deep into a tangled web of lies and deceit. On an island where truth and legend meet, where murder is commonplace and most crimes go unsolved, only the Mazzeri know who will live...

Set in Corsica, Mazzeri is a contemporary novel about this complex mediterranean island, its people and its traditions, which has been influenced by the author's own experiences.

Peter is currently finishing his next and fourth novel, The Truth in Fiction, a collection of nineteen short stories collated over the last ten years. His previous works, Mazzeri, Boarding House Reach and Ontreto – the sequel to Mazzeri – have all been published under the Matador imprint. Ontreto, set in the Aeolian Islands just to the north of Sicily and the most recently published, is the stand-alone sequel to Peter's first novel, Mazzeri. Boarding House Reach, his second novel, tells the story of five residents of a guest house on the Norfolk Coast and how their lives are intertwined.
Mazzeri was been nominated for The American Library in Paris Book of the Year Award 2014.

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Dear Mr Crawley,
may I congratulate you on your book Mazzeri, which I have just finished.
Having first visited Corsica for our honeymoon some 5 years ago, we were then lucky enough to be invited to join friends who rented a villa not far from San Cipriano.
Certainly something magical exists about the island, and on leaving I searched as best I could for a book to somehow help me with my poor grasp of Corsica's turbulent times, and a little escapism - both of which your fantastic book and its compelling plot more than provided for!
So thank you for sharing your work, and I look forward to your next book whenever that might be.
Best wishes,

by Patrick Wigan

Peter Crawley

Peter Crawley was born in Chiswick, London, in July 1956 and educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey, and at the Goethe Institut, Freiburg im Breisgau, in what was then West Germany. He spent much of his youth in Corsica and on leaving school worked the gin palaces - the luxury motor-yachts - of the Northern Mediterranean, often sleeping rough between assignments. Late one summer near Porto Vecchio, on the south-eastern coast of Corsica, the matriarch of a village entrusted him with a notebook in which she had recorded the local proverbs and aphorisms. Many of those truisms and the atmosphere they engender are employed in the premise, tone and resonance of Mazzeri. However, the story of Mazzeri is inspired by Peter's experience of being caught between two feuding families during that long, hot summer.

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