The Sicilian author Davide Enia wrote the passionate novel On Earth as it is in Heaven, which is set in Palermo. The novel is like the nature of Sicily: hot-blooded, raw, touching and with humour. In a brilliantly constructed, epic narration, in which the story lines sometimes alternate in the whirling rhythm of a boxing match, Enia weaves together the history of street boy Davidù with that of his uncle Umbertino and grandfather Rosario. The book is set against the tumultuous Palermo history of World War II until the early Nineties, when bombs shook the foundations of the city once again.

For HP/De Tijd, we travelled through Palermo with Enia for a report, which resulted in just a passionate and energetic story.