Suggested Reading List
A Traveller's History of Spain
Author: Juan Lalaguna
Description: A swift survey from prehistory through the Romans, Goths and Moors to the present.
Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History
Author: Ada Gabucci (Editor)
Description: This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction.
Antonio Gaudi, Master Architect
Author: Juan Bassegoda Nonell
Description: This lavish little collection of Gaudi's work captures the evolution, imagination and exuberance of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century.
Author: Michael Dibdin
Description: Zen is called to the Vatican to investigate the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who plunged from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica.
Culture Smart! Tunisia
Author: Gerald Zarr
Description: A concise guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.
Fodor's Rome's 25 Best
Description: This shirt-pocket guide includes a map of the city and essential information on its highlights.
Gothic: Architecture, Sculpture, Painting
Author: Rolf Toman
Description: A marvelously illustrated, oversized survey of Gothic architecture, cathedrals and castles across Europe.
Author: Ross Leckie
Description: Leckie's first novel vividly recreates the testosterone-fueled life and times of Hannibal, including the great general's conquest of the Alps with men, horses and elephants. The Punic wars trilogy continues with Scipio (TUN32) and Carthage (TUN21), $12.95 each.
M, The Man Who Became Caravaggio
Author: Peter Robb
Description: A masterful biography of the Renaissance painter by the author of "Midnight in Sicily."
Matisse and Picasso, The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship
Author: Jack Flam
Description: Jack Flam explores the compelling, competitive, parallel lives of these two artists and their very different attitudes toward the idea of artistic greatness, toward the women they loved, and ultimately toward their confrontations with death.
Mediterranean by Cruise Ship
Author: Anne Vipond
Description: The best-selling, compact guide, featuring excellent local maps, hundreds of color photographs, concise background information and recommended excursions for ports-of-call throughout the Mediterranean.
Painting in Spain 1500-1700
Author: Jonathan Brown
Description: Velazquez and El Greco are but a few of the Spanish artists discussed in this in-depth study of the art produced during Spain's golden age.
Author: Gustave Flaubert, A.J. Krailsheimer (Translator)
Description: A highly fanciful romance set in the ancient city of Carthage at the height of the Punic Wars.
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
Author: Peter R. Bush (Editor)
Description: These 30 short stories form a who's who of contemporary Spanish literature, including writers from Galicia, Leon, the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona.
The Ancient Mediterranean
Author: Michael Grant
Description: Grant explores the realms of archaeology, geography, art and economics to sketch this classic portrait of the ancient world, from prehistory through the Roman Imperium, and the influence on western civilization.
The Art of the Renaissance
Author: Peter Murray
Description: A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
The Genius in the Design
Author: Jake Morrissey
Description: The intriguing, true story of Bernini, Borromini and the rivarly that transformed Baroque Rome.
Author: Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Description: Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Giuseppe Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
The Lost Painting
Author: Jonathan Harr
Description: The absorbing account of the rediscovery of Caravaggio's Taking of Christ (painted in 1602 and famously lost to history until 1990) by a young graduate student at the University of Rome. The book is appealing on many levels, not least as a police procedural (with the benefit of being all true). Harr provides masterful detail not just on the search but also the art historians, scholars and others on the trail.
The Middle Sea
Author: John Julius Norwich
Description: A marvelous writer who has already tackled Byzantium, the Normans in Sicily and Venice, Norwich spins his magic in this story of culture, trade and politics, royalty and rulers, wars and religion in the Mediterranean.
The Shadow of the Wind
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Description: Set in the brooding atmosphere of post-WW II Barcelona, this gripping story-within-a-story has it all: murder, doomed love and a mysterious book which draws the young hero, Daniel Sempere, into the city’s dangerous underworld.
The Wine-Dark Sea
Author: Leonardo Sciascia, Avril Bardoni (Translator), Alberto Mobilio (Introduction)
Description: A collection of 13 stories, all set in the celebrated writer's native Sicily and featuring mafiosi, carabinieri and villagers.
Tunis, The Land and the People
Author: Ernst Von Hesse-wartegg
Description: Originally published in 1882, Chevalier de Hesse-Wartegg, an Austrian diplomat and great traveler, describes his encounters with the military, Jewish women, Berbers and other people of Tunis in surprisingly modern, unprejudiced terms.
Tunisian Mosaics, Treasures from Roman Africa
Author: Aicha Ben Abed Ben Khader
Description: Accompanied by 134 glorious color illustrations, this book includes a history of Roman Africa and the rise of Mediterranean mosaics, an overview of mosaic sites and museums and a chapter on methods of preservation.