Death in the Mountains
This is the true story of the murder of Artemio Bruni, a peasant farmer in the mountains of Casentino, north-eastern Tuscany, in the winter of 1907. Artemio was my husband's great-grandfather.
Winner of the Victorian Premiers Award for Writing About Italians
When Australian author and journalist Lisa Clifford moved to Florence to be with her Italian husband, an unsolved murder in his family became part of her life. The more Lisa found out about it, the more intrigued she became – so much so that she was driven to investigate the tragic events of a century ago. In her article A quest for the truth: Solving a true Tuscan mystery, she describes the process of unravelling the secrets behind Artemio Bruni's death.
Death in the Mountains is Lisa's brilliant recreation of the life and death of Artemio Bruni, and an evocation of the world of the Tuscan mountains in the early 20th century. It is both a murder mystery and a beautifully observed picture of a lost Italy. It was reviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald and Australia's The Age.
In 2009, Lisa was named the winner of the Australian Victorian Premier's Grollo Ruzzene Foundation Prize for Writing about Italians in Australia. Here's what the judges had to say about Death in the Mountains: