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Via delle Oche, a Bologna, è una strada rinomata. Prima della Legge Merlin, vi erano le case chiuse. Tra mercoledì 14 aprile 1948 e giovedì 15 luglio 1948 (un pugno di mesi che include svolte decisive: le elezioni del Quarantotto, l'attentato a Togliatti, Bartali maglia gialla) un'inchiesta di polizia si svolge, che muove da un delitto in un casino, cui seguono alcuni omicVia delle Oche, a Bologna, è una strada rinomata. Prima della Legge Merlin, vi erano le case chiuse. Tra mercoledì 14 aprile 1948 e giovedì 15 luglio 1948 (un pugno di mesi che include svolte decisive: le elezioni del Quarantotto, l'attentato a Togliatti, Bartali maglia gialla) un'inchiesta di polizia si svolge, che muove da un delitto in un casino, cui seguono alcuni omicidi disparati e apparentemente indipendenti. Il commissario De Luca (il personaggio creato da Carlo Lucarelli - giovane scrittore, al suo terzo romanzo poliziesco, esperto di storia della polizia fascista, che di De Luca, in questi tre romanzi, scrive anche una immaginaria biografia: la prima inchiesta nel pieno del regime, la seconda negli ultimi giorni di Salò, e questa appena, insicuramente, sfuggito all'epurazione) lavora per forzarne l'apparente autonomia e ridurli a un unico disegno. Alberto Savinio aveva decretato l'assurdità, per ragioni d'ambiente, di un «giallo» italiano. Varie prove hanno dimostrato incauta quella profezia. Tra queste prove hanno un posto importante le inchieste di De Luca: un commissario, si direbbe, alla Ingravallo del Pasticciaccio brutto. Investiga - e a questo deve il suo successo e la sua italianità - per una specie di intuito storicistico; conosce, per condivisione, il grumo profondo, il ritmo, la legge, in cui la cronaca italiana - criminale, in questo caso - germoglia dalla storia d'Italia. E coglie la verità del delitto nell'attimo in cui la ragione dello stato e della storia viene ad inghiottirla. E in quell'attimo, come per un ultimo guizzo, quella verità appare piena e chiara. Sempre più profonda, più triste e inaspettata di quanto apparisse a lui, e al lettore....

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  • charta
    2019-01-27 09:01

    Via delle Oche5 persone lo trovano di aiuto Chi nasce quatro...tunno non po' morì. More quadrato, recita un detto antico.De Luca è nato poliziotto, di quelli che credono nella legge - come sinonimo di giustizia e punizione dei colpevoli.Si imbatterà in altri che praticano l'italianità più gretta e meschina: l'arte del compromesso e del tutto scorre (non presocratico!).Non c'è possibilità di incontro e nemmeno di scontro.La storia si dipana con linearità, senza intoppi, abbiamo suspance e colpevole, il periodo storico è quello immediatamente antecedente alle elezioni del 1948 in una Bologna rosso vivo.Nel brevissimo intervallo in cui si ambientano i fatti narrati si delinea a tutto tondo, ed evitando accuratamente i dettagli (grande Lucarelli) la figura del commissario De Luca. Impossibile non innamorarsi delle sue paure, delle sue nevrosi e della sua profonda integrità, ed è difficile non provare simpatia per il maresciallo, Pugliese di cognome ma campano di lingua, che gli fa da pragmatica eppur fedele spalla (forse una inconscia anticipazione della coppia protagonista di "Guernica"?.Il libro è estremamente realista, ma poichè parla dello Stivale anche pessimista.Ciononostante magnifico.Il Lucarelli migliore.

  • Procyon Lotor
    2019-02-15 14:04

    De Luca III (o quattro se si conta indagine non autorizzata) È il dopoguerra e ovviamente cambiano i poteri ma meno velocemente dell'Italia e soprattutto le necessità d'epurazione, spesso pretestuose che mazzolarono figure di quarta fascia ma non impiccarono Graziani, cedono di fronte a quelle di mantenimento dell'ordine. De Luca torna epurato e depurato e reintegrato a Bologna per scoprire che "E voglia 'e metter rum, chi nasce strunz nun po' addivintà babbà" che non è - come potrete dedurre - un tipico proverbio bolognese ma una grande verità italiana rimane.Tempo di elezioni (in Italia era sempre tempo di elezioni, così non toccava governare) e tra il pericolo rosso, i rimbalzi neri, i preti e gli ovvi laidi retroscena della vecchia...(cit) Bologna, c'è sempre da divertirsi.Ah, sembra fiction, ma andò proprio così: il clima era quello.

  • Gauss74
    2019-02-13 15:55

    "Via delle oche" è il terzo ed ultimo capitolo che Lucarelli dedica alle inchieste del controverso commissario De Luca, alle prese con assassinii sempre più efferati ma soprattutto con la sua sopravvivenza al passaggio tra Fascismo e Democrazia (Cristiana); lui che al tempo della guerra civile fu suo malgrado compromesso con la foschissima polizia politica repubblichina.Dal punto di vista investigativo, è un gialletto senza infamia e senza lode che si legge in poche ore; ma l'ambientazione è decisiva; siamo al punto di non ritorno dell' Italia post guerra, alle elezioni del 1948 che decideranno più o meno definitivamente la direzione che prenderà l'Italia nei quarant'anni successivi. Sono le elezioni delle menzogne, del voto di scambio con la mafia, delle vendette partigiane; sono le elezioni del recupero della Nomenklatura fascista nella democrazia cristiana, di eccidi e violenze lasciati impuntiti in nome della ragion di stato, del ricatto morale della chiesa cattolica. E si, sono anche le elezioni delle lugubri mani di uno dei mostri più sanguinari della storia umana che si allungano sull' Europa.Il fascistissimo ma prima di tutto poliziotto De Luca non può tollerare tante ombre, tanto malaffare, tanta politica sporca da parte di quelli che avrebbero dovuto essere i "liberatori", al punto da provare un'istintiva quanto paradossale simpatia verso i nemici di un tempo, i comunisti: non basterà, ed il colpevole dell'efferato delitto di via delle Oche resterà impunito in nome della libertà.Fin qui il romanzo, breve, leggero, godibile e poco più. Che però mi ha fatto nascere due considerazioni: la prima è il tema perennemente presente e mai risolvibile del rapporto tra giustizia e politica. In una democrazia ideale non ci dovrebbero essere dubbi: se la polizia scopre il colpevole di un reato penale, questo ultimo va punito secondo la legge chiunque esso sia; ma nella storia le democrazie ideali non esistono. Un paese distrutto dalla guerra, colonizzato da eserciti stranieri, con milioni di persone a rischio della morte per fame ha disperatamente bisogno di una classe dirigente e di una struttura di governo, e volenti o nolenti ce n'era soltanto una a disposizione in quegli anni: la cooptazione dei quadri del PNF e della RSI nella nuova amministrazione democratica era dunque un male necessario? Nel caso in cui un dirigente chiave di uno schieramento in un momento così cruciale si macchi di un crimine orrendo per coprire una perversione sessuale, occorre punirlo comunque, anche a rischio di provocare cataclismi di entità migliaia di volte più grandi? Libere elezioni in un momento in cui il mondo si stava spaccando in due (ed il nostro paese era ancora invaso dagli eserciti di una delle due fazioni) davvero sono state possibili?Sono domande alle quali la trilogia di Carlo Lucarelli non può rispondere, però già è un merito averle fatte nascere.La seconda domanda è molto più terra terra, e nasce dal confrontare questo caso con la nostra storia recente. Come mai in Italia i politici porci, maiali, puttanieri sono sempre di destra? Forse perchè una idea di società conservatrice recupera facilmente un certo ancestrale machismo?Difficile a dirsi, in ogni caso viva Bartali.

  • Tony
    2019-02-15 16:55

    Lucarelli, Carlo. VIA DELLE OCHE. (1996; US-2009). ****. None of us Americans can possibly understand all of the political shenanigans that went on in Italy after the War, unless, of course, you earned your PhD studying that. The Italians seem to have a love for taking multiple opposing sides of the political spectrum. Consequently, much of the background of this novel – the third in the author’s De Luca Trilogy – will simply go right over your head. What does matter is that De Luca still confines his objectives to seeing justice carried out, in spite of all the conspiracies going on around him. He is a policeman, and he has a job. In this episode, the body of a young man is found, murdered, in his room over a bordello in the Via Delle Oche. The setting is Bologna in 1948. De Luca finds himself back in the city as a Commissario. Election time is coming near, and all of the parties are jockying for control of the voters. The population is extremely excitable; riots break out at the slightest provocation. The young man is a custodian for the bordello. At the time, prostitution was legal in the city, as long as the establishments adhered to certain legal restrictions. Windows facing the street had to be closed at all times. The girls in each establishment had to be rotated every fifteen days – though we are never told the reason for this. The madams stayed. When De Luca examined the corpse, it was obvious to him that it was murder through simple observation. Although the young man, Ermes, was hanging from a noose, and the rest of the police force wanted to rule it a suicide, “De Luca glanced at him, quick, then walked over to Ermes and crouched down, his knees creaking again. He put the stool back on its legs, placing it directly under the toes of the man’s shoes, measuring the distance between them and the top of the stool. ‘It’s normal enough that a hanged man grows a little longer if he’s left a while,’ he murmured. ‘But I’ve never heard of one getting shorter.’” It’s tiny scenes like this that provide the spark in Lucarelli’s writing. Although the crime – and subsequent ones that are related – gets solved, Lucarelli ends the novel by leaving De Luca in a personal Limbo. Recommended.

  • Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
    2019-02-09 09:44

    As soon as we walk in through the door we're thrown straight into the action, not even time for an expresso - this is a vibrant city after all. A man has been found dead in a brothel. It looks like suicide - it isn't, but that's an inconvenient truth... brooms sweeping things under the carpet comes to mind. More deaths follow. The pace varies. Sometimes leisurely as we stroll, other times we seem to be hanging around, waiting in dark cool hallways... at other times it feels fast, even rushed. Yet whatever the pace you feel as if you're wading through treacle. Frustration pervades the atmosphere. Corruption and politics at a time when everything is in flux; the war is over and Italy is on the brink of revolution. Everything is up in the air. De Luca acts as a calming force throughout. He is an island of integrity in a sea of intrigue, arrogance and manipulation. He knows what he's doing, he's no political appointment... yet one constantly feels the ulcer eating away at him, churning his stomach; the frustration is a cancer.This series, the De Luca trilogy, is masterful. It is superbly written and the translator, Michael Reynolds deserves high praise for making Carlo Lucarelli's wonderful prose available to us. My one criticism, the one disappointment, is that some simple grammatical and spelling errors have crept into this final part of this edition; irritating and distracting.But the series - read this trilogy. It is superb!

  • Erica
    2019-02-07 15:58

    Un'indagine poliziesca che riporta il lettore indietro nella storia, in un'Italia appena uscita dalla guerra, con il suo passato ancora da digerire. Interessante il ritmo scandito da titoli di giornale, come se la lettura fosse accompagnata da uno strillone pronto ad accoglierti all'angolo di ogni capitolo. Particolare anche la figura del commissario De Luca, che pur di svelare la verità sembra andare incontro alle conseguenze del suo passato, che finora era riuscito ad evitare. La lettura in definitiva è stata piacevole, anche se mi ha lasciato un po' il gusto amaro (per mancanza mia) di non aver potuto comprendere appieno quell'atmosfera così (storicamente) lontana dalla mia generazione e così fremente di rabbia, speranze e novità.

  • Donald Schopflocher
    2019-02-05 12:13

    The concluding book in the De Luca trilogy is the best. In heavily ironic commentary on guilt and innocence in immediate post war Italy, Lucarelli captures the chaos of adjustment, the stasis of corruption, the indignity of murder, and one policeman's dedication to his profession no matter the cost.

  • Rogue Reader
    2019-02-05 15:00

    De Luca's survived the resistance, now in Via delle Oche, he faces the communists. Will his torments never end? Will he never be left in peace to do what he does best? Here he faces ultimate corruption, exquisite beauty and complete decadence, and the brothels.

  • Kristine Brancolini
    2019-02-01 11:59

    Via delle Oche is the third volume in Lucarelli's Commissario De Luca Trilogy, and my favorite of the three. Set in 1948 Bologna, Commissario De Luca has somehow escaped execution as a fascist in post-war Italy and now he's a detective in the vice squad. Despite being a member of the political police during the war, it's clear that De Luca has no clear political leanings. He's just trying to survive. And for now he has, but it's also clear that he's in danger from warring political factions in the city. The book takes place primarily during four days in April, in the days leading up to a general election; the Communists are hoping to prevail against the Christian Democrats. Each chapter opens with headlines from the newspaper, emphasizing that soccer star Gino Bartali may be more popular than any of the political candidates.There's also a murder to solve: a young man named Ermes Ricciotti who works as a bouncer in a brothel has been found hanging in his room. At first it appears to be suicide, but De Luca notices that the young man's feet wouldn't have reached the stool. Despite the fact that prostitution is legal in Italy, albeit strictly regulated, no one seems particularly concerned about the young man's murder. Except De Luca, of course. Soon, there's another murder, a photographer named Osvaldo Piras, who has connections to Ermes. As usual in a De Luca mystery, murders that originally seem to have no political motives eventually point in that direction. In the end De Luca knows who is responsible for the murder, but must accept that they will not be prosecuted.My favorite aspect of this book was Lucarelli's evocative writing, probably aided by Michael Reynolds's translation, which moves a break-neck speed. I also thoroughly enjoyed the historical detail and sense of place. The reader never learns much about De Luca but in the end that seems fitting. He's a police officer, focused on solving crimes, preferably murders. At the very end of the book, we learn that he sleeps in a furnished room and only now, in his late 30s, is he thinking about getting a more comfortable place to live. The action has fast-forwarded from April 18, 1948, to July 14, 1948. The Christian Democrats won the election, but Communist Party leader Palmiro Togliotti has been shot, leading to a general strike and fears of revolution. Suddenly, survival seems more important to De Luca than comfort.

  • Loraine
    2019-01-30 13:47

    It is 1948, post-war reconstruction has begun in Italy, and free elections are scheduled in July. Italian society is restive, as the post-war power base slips away from the fascists, collaborators, and partisans. The Communists, Monarchists, and Christian Democrats are battling for ascendency as the Marshall Plan unfolds. Commissario De Luca shows up in Bologna, now a vice cop--a reduced rank for him. But he survived the end of the war. His days as a black shirt in Mussolini's political police haven't caught up with him yet. Via della Oche is a brothel in Bologna where a young man has purportedly committed suicide. At least that's what the people in high places say. The only problem is the victim's feet don't touch the chair which he presumably stood on to pull the noose down over his head. De Luca has a nose for crime. So does his buddy Maresciallo (Marshall) Pugliese, a very intense cop. They flout direct orders and keep digging, acts which both lead to consequences.The De Luca Trilogy is a collection of three slim volumes. I'm sure De Luca suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome, with his aching gut and insomnia symptoms of that condition. He has lived through the chaos of war, in a country on the wrong side of that war. Via della Oche is as much about the post war years in Italy, as it is about murder and mayhem. I highly recommend this trilogy for its history just as much as for its crime detection.

  • Margaret
    2019-02-06 12:46

    Via delle Oche is the final installment of the DeLuca trilogy, we find our protagonist working again in an official police force. It's the vice squad, though, so DeLuca is out investigating violations of the Italian prostitution code. Brothels have to get new girls every 15 days and the transfers have to be supervised by the prisons. The windows of brothels have their street facing windows closed, among other somewhat apparently arbitrary regulations. These details are the results of well researched historical context, and I greatly enjoy the realism that it adds (where else would one find such arbitrary rules?). DuLuca is on the case for investigating an apparent suicide where the dead man is shorter than the distance between the noose and the stool he apparently kicked out from under himself. Things from the beginning don't add up, and the characteristics established over the previous two episodic novellas result in a finely tuned description of a dogged police officer doing his job. Of course, though, DeLuca doing his job makes him run afoul of many a political person who wants to either cover up involvement with the Fascists or to expel their remaining influence. The concluding novella in the DeLuca trilogy plays upon the characterization and historical backdrop of the previous two, providing an excellent conclusion to the series.

  • LJ
    2019-02-04 14:53

    VIA DELLE OCHE (Pol. Proc-Comm. De Luca-Italy-1948) - VGLucarelli, Carlo – 3rd of TrilogyEuropa editions, 2008, US Trade paperback – ISBN: 9781933372532First Sentence: From the wall a giant Cossack was watching him with a fierce look in his eyes, a bearskin adorned with the red star on his head, and a bayonet between his teeth, one eye deformed by an air bubble trapped beneath the paper.It’s 1948, Italy is recovering after the way and Comm. De Luca is a cop assigned to vice in Bologna. Within days, there have been four closely related murders that no one particularly wants him to investigate. But no matter the division to which he’s assigned, De Luca will never turn his back on bringing a killer to justice.This may have been a novella, but it was fully packed. Lucarelli conveys the instability and uncertainty of the time as a backdrop to a classic police procedural. We don’t know a lot about De Luca except the single most important fact: he is a cop, no matter the political pressures being brought to bear. At the same time, he is certainly human in his problems with eating, insomnia and his trademark trench coat. I’m sorry there are only the three books and I’d love to know more about where De Luca goes from here. Italophiles, those interested in this period of history and those who like a good police procedural should enjoy this.

  • sh'dynasty
    2019-02-03 17:00

    I knew he was saving the best for last. This book was really neat. The second installment had two crimes that were related, but this one had a myriad of offenses & murders related. It also gave us more history, & footnotes. Oh, how I adore footnotes. The action was there, but better this time. I could see things happening, even in the most simple of descriptions. We learned a bit more about the protagonist, even if it was just a tidbit such as he has a nervous habit of biting the inside of his cheek (which I can relate to). The trench coat was there, as always. He still had a horrible way of giving in to the wrong woman. We learned more things about Pugliese than De Luca, which I am not going to complain about. Sad to see it go, really. Maybe Lucarelli's other books will be just as good or better as this last installment of the trilogy.

  • Rob Kitchin
    2019-02-01 11:00

    Via Delle Oche is a short book (133 pages), but unlike the previous two in the trilogy, I didn’t feel the story was so under-developed, although it could have benefited from some fleshing out in places. De Luca is a complex, conflicted character and the story captures the atmosphere, politics and corruption of a country in turmoil. I am particularly taken with Lucarelli’s storytelling which focuses on what the characters say and do, with little thick description or the use of metaphors or similes. Rather than being dull and lifeless, Lucarelli’s prose is rich and the story races along. A fine piece of writing and a satisfying end to the trilogy.

  • Johnrh
    2019-01-22 13:55

    The final book in the DeLuca Trilogy. Did I say book two concluded with a nice segue to book three? Guess I should have read book three first, because it picks up 3 years later and says nothing to resolve the ending of book two. Police Commissario DeLuca continues as the most frustrated homicide investigator in post-WWII Italy. The novelette is nicely translated from Italian. I recommend it, to finish the series, though DeLuca’s foibles and peccadilloes are somewhat formulaic by this time.

  • incipit mania
    2019-01-20 14:44

    Incipit“DE GASPERI INTERVISTATO: CERTEZZE DI OGGI, SPERANZE DI DOMANI”...Via delle oche incipitmania.org

  • Nancy
    2019-02-18 09:09

    Third in the De Luca trilogy.

  • Sherry Schwabacher
    2019-01-29 12:52

    I did not enjoy this DeLuca outing. Lucarelli got bogged down in all the names, various political parties... I liked the first two novels, but don't bother with this one.

  • Clewis53
    2019-02-08 13:00

    Luca is as melancholy as Guido Brunetti, but Leon's books have many more redeeming characteristics.

  • Mikee
    2019-02-03 10:06

    The end of the De Luca trilogy. Powerful. Cold. Not a sympathetic character but the forces of evil are strong, yet banal. And faceless. And deadly.

  • Colleen
    2019-01-23 12:48

    Intersting setting - post-WWII Italy. Goes on my to-read-more-of list.