Death in a Strange Country

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Death in a Strange Country (1993)[1] is the second novel in Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti mysteries set in Venice and the sequel to Death at La Fenice (1992).


It gives the post-9/11 reader a retroactive perspective on American military bases abroad, international business, toxic waste, and the rise of terrorism. Americans as individuals are portrayed favorably as friendly, open, and idealistic. Collectively, their belief in the myth of their own benevolence in the world blinds them to how others see them. When Brunetti uncovers collusion between U.S. bases abroad and international business interests involved in toxic waste disposal, he exposes the sinister face of the military-industrial complex. Add to this the corruption of Italian politics, and the reader sees Brunetti rendered helpless in the face of evil. Only a terrorist, in the form of a vengeful Sicilian mother, can bring a bit of justice to the world Leon has created.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Leon, Donna (1993). Death in a Strange Country. New York: Penguin/Grove Press. 

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