William Dalrymple – Return of a King

William Dalrymple, an expert on the Indian sub-continent (In India and Delhi are two great books to understand India) takes us to Afghanistan, in the mid-1800s, to recount an insane and unprepared English military operation among the world’s most impervious mountains. The beginning of the Great Game, a game of chess with no holds barred for the control of the region among European colonial powers, summarized in an emblematic and tragic event. A must read (even if the price is, let’s face it, very high) to understand. Because History does not forgive, and those who do not know yesterday’s mistakes are destined to relive them today.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sabrina Macchi)

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Stefano Di Marino
Stefano Di Marino deals with all-round popular narrative: literature, cinema and comics. He has more than ninety published novels, mostly with Mondadori. Since 1995, under the alias of Stephen Gunn, he has been publishing the series “Il Professionista” (The Professional) on "Segretissimo", a more than fifty episodes success with two dedicated series. Under his real name, he has signed action and classic novels as well as a good number of essays about cinema genres, including “Italian Giallo”, “A Western Cinema Guide” and “A War Cinema Guide”.