Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio - Amara Lakhous, Ann Goldstein An interesting enough, short book. Each chapter is basically a character soliloquy which gives a small glimpse into the life of a 'living-life-on-the-fringe' character (some immigrants, some locals) -- a reflection of life in modern-day, melting pot Rome. It's not so much a murder mystery as a tiny bittersweet glimpse into cultural misunderstandings, homesickness, prejudices, etc.... Lots of stereotypes here, but also plenty traces of truth.