At precisely nine o'clock, as he did every evening, Don Sebastiano Sanna Carboni pushed back his armchair, carefully folded the newspaper which he had read to the very last line, tidied up the little things on his desk, and prepared to go down to the ground floor...
Around the turn of the twentieth century, in the isolated Sardinian town of Nuoro, the aristocratic notary Don Sebastiano Sanna reflects on his life, his family's history and the fortunes of this provincial backwater where he has lived out his days.
Head of Zeus, an Apollo Library book * Fiction
07 Apr 2016 * 352pp * £5.99 * 9781784975715
'The Day of Judgment is that now improbable gift, for which one cannot be too thankful: a great European novel'
One of the great twentieth-century novels... The book's saturnine vision of Sardinian life, heavy with nostalgia for the past, contributes to an unforgettably powerful epic of war and diaspora'
Salvatore Satta (1902–1975) was one of Italy's foremost jurists and the man who rewrote the Italian Penal Code after World War II to rid it of Facism. Following his death, the manuscript for THE DAY OF JUDGMENT was found amongst his papers. It is believed he had been working on it for more than thirty years.
Mark Thompson lives in Oxford. He is the author of A Paper House, a much-praised account of the fall of Yugoslavia, and The White War, which tracks the fate of Italy during the first world war. He worked for the UN in the Balkans for much of the 1990s.
ALSO BY Mark Thompson