"Explorers found unbroken hens' eggs still on the table,
an artist's brushes by his painting, the skeleton of a woman caught in the agony of death in a gladiators barracks, and still flaunting her best pearl earrings and snake bracelet
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What happened on that May morning in 1932 is so deeply etched in my memory that I might actually have been standing alongside the three people choking back tears and standing motionless as statues on the sidewalk.
"If you love reading biographical novels and learning about history through them, this might become a new favorite book.... Rome-based writer and lecturer Judith Harris tells the compelling story of Countess Evelina van Millingen Pisani. Due to Judith’s dense and compelling style of writing [it is] like reading an adventure novel at times, while at others, you learn a lot about Mediterranean and Levantine history."
Judith Harris has resurrected a memorable lady. It is the first biography of an exceptionally versatile, attractive, strong woman with an exotic background, and is at the same time the tale of other fascinating people in a fascinating epoch.