By Rupert Thomson
It's Florence, 1691. The Renaissance is long past, and town is a dismal, repressive position, the place every thing is forbidden and something is feasible. The Enlightenment can be simply round the nook, yet wisdom continues to be the valuables of the few, they usually defend it fiercely. artwork, intercourse and gear - those, as constantly, are the obsessions. dealing with severe legal fees, Gaetano Zummo is compelled to escape his local Siracusa on the age of twenty, first to Palermo, then Naples, yet continuously has the sensation that he's being pursued by means of his prior, and that he'll by no means be freed from it. Zummo works an artist in wax. he's enthusiastic about the plague, and makes small wood cupboards within which he areas image, tortured types of the lifeless and death. yet Cosimo III, Tuscany's penultimate Medici ruler, offers Zummo his so much demanding fee but, and as he tackles it his direction entwines with that of the apothecary's daughter Faustina, whose secret's much more explosive than his. Poignant yet paranoid, sensual but chilling, Secrecy is a unique that buzzes with intrigue and ideas. it's a love tale, a homicide secret, a portrait of a recognized urban in an age of austerity, an workout in concealment and revelation, yet peculiarly it's a trapdoor narrative, one tale shedding abruptly into one other, the floor consistently slippery, uncertain...