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Ulrich Ladurner - Lampedusa

The abundant history of a little island

20 square kilometers of cultural history

Catherine the Great wanted to acquire the island for her fleet. It served as the setting for William Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Ariosto's Orlando Furioso fights on the shore of Lampedusa. Hundreds of Mussolini's troops voluntarily capitulated to a British-Jewish fighter pilot who had to make a forced landing on the little island. The Italian novelist Tomasi di Lampedusa mocked the piece of land that he shared a name with. And for more than twenty years, Lampedusa has been a place of hope for ten thousands of refugees. Ulrich Ladurner sets out to explore the story of these rugged cliffs in the middle of the sea – and he found remarkable testimony from the heart of historical and present day Europe.

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144 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701733316
Release date: 30.01.2014

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Author
Ulrich Ladurner

born in 1962 in Meran, studied Political Science and History in Innsbruck. Since 1999 he writes as a reporter for “Die Zeit” from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistand and Pakistan. Numerous publications

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