The Sunlit Stage

Author(s): Simonetta Wenkert


Italy in 1979 is a country racked by violent anti-government sentiments. Demands for political change have taken a darker turn; everywhere, radical groups are plundering banks and official buildings, kidnapping businessmen and journalists, and clashing violently with the police. In Rome, in the midst of this turmoil, Julia, a young Englishwoman, meets Ennio. The two fall deeply in love, but theirs is an affair shrouded in secrecy. For Ennio is a member of the notorious terrorist group Sinistra Armata, and one of the most wanted men in Italy. The lovers meet in La Camillina, a Sinistra Armata safe-house in the beautiful countryside outside Rome, far from the dark forces that threaten their fragile happiness.

Twenty years on, the story is taken up by their daughter Lotte, who has been brought up by a grandmother in London, knowing nothing of her parents' love affair, or the shocking events leading up to her birth. On discovering the truth, she journeys to Italy to reclaim her past; only to find herself eerily close to replaying her mother's story.


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