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The Honoured Society free pdf 'The Honoured Society' describes how the US army returned the Mafia to power in 1944, after Mussolini came close to destroying them. It looks at the Mafia in their homeland - how in attempting to preserve Sicily for the Sicilians in the face of countless invasions it infiltrated every aspect of the island's life, corrupting landowners, the police, the judiciary and even the church. In one chilling chapter Norman Lewis details the escapades of eighty-year-old Padre Camelo, who led his monks on sprees of murder and extortion, frequently using the confessional box for transmitting threats.

About Norman Lewis

Norman Lewis's early childhood, as recalled in 'Jackdaw Cake' (1985), was spent partly with his Welsh spiritualist parents in Enfield, North London, and partly with his eccentric aunts in Wales. Forgoing a place at university for lack of funds, he used the income from wedding photography and various petty trading to finance travels to Spain, Italy and the Balkans, before being approached by the Colonial Office to spy for them with his camera in Yemen. He moved to Cuba in 1939, but was recalled for duty in the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War. It was from this that Norman Lewis's masterpiece, 'Naples '44', emerged, a resurrection of his wartime diary only finally published in 1978. Before that came a number of novels and travel books, notably 'A Dragon Apparent' (1951) and 'Golden Earth' (1952), both of which were best sellers in their day. His novel 'The Volcanoes Above Us', based on personal experiences in Central America, sold six million copies in paperback in Russia and 'The Honoured Society' (1964), a non-fiction study of the Sicilian Mafia, was serialised in six instalments by the New Yorker. Norman Lewis wrote thirteen novels and thirteen works of non-fiction, mostly travel books, but he regarded his life's major achievement to be the reaction to an article written by him entitled 'Genocide in Brazil', published in the Sunday Times in 1968. This led to a change in the Brazilian law relating to the treatment of Indians, and to the formation of Survival International, the influential international organisation which campaigns for the rights of tribal peoples. He later published a very successful book called 'The Missionaries' (1988) which is set amongst the Indians of Central and Latin America. More recent books included 'Voices of the Old Sea' (1984), 'Goddess in the Stones: Travels in India' (1991), 'An Empire of the East: Travels in Indonesia' (1993), 'The World the World' (1996), which concluded his autobiography, as well as collections of pieces in 'The Happy Ant Heap' (1998) and 'Voyage by Dhow' (2001). With 'In Sicily' (2002) he returned to his much-loved Italy, and in 2003 his last book, 'A Tomb in Seville', was published. Lewis travelled to offbeat parts of the world well into his 90s, returning to the calm of rural Essex where he lived with his third wife. He died in July 2003 at the age of 95.

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Author : Norman Lewis
Publisher : Eland Publishing Ltd
Data Published : 16 December 2011
ISBN : 1906011966
EAN : 9781906011963
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 255 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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