Item Number: 113638
Title: Rome Tales
Author: Constantine, Helen ; Hugh Shankland (eds)
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Description: New York-Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. 25cm., pbk., 286pp. Summary: Presenting a vivid mosaic of dramatic, comic, and tragic stories, all set in the Eternal City, these twenty absorbing tales capture the delight of discovering and exploring one of the world's most beloved cities. Spanning seven hundred years, this marvelous collection includes works by Italian authors ranging from Boccaccio and Casanova to Pier Paolo Pasolini and Alberto Moravia. Rather than being ordered chronologically, old and new appear alongside one another, reflecting the dual identity of Rome as both an ancient city that is one of the wonders of the world, and a thriving, modern metropolis. The tales are wonderfully varied in style, tone, and subject matter: a notorious Spanish prostitute in Renaissance Rome endures a public hiding without flinching; Pope John Paul II uncovers a vast conspiracy against him; a medieval revolutionary demagogue suffers almost the same fate as Mussolini. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and there is a map of Rome to help readers locate the sites featured in the text. Contents: Abraham the Jew , Giovanni Boccaccio ; Release , Pier Paolo Pasolini ; The New Thérèse , Giacomo Casanova ; The Shirt on the Wall , Erri De Luca ; Cola Di Rienzo , Anonymous Roman ; Freedom , Goffredo Parise ; Blue Car , Melania Mazzucco ; Via Veneto Notes , Ennio Flaiano ; Lorette Ellerup , Francesco Mandica ; Two Days to Christmas , Elisabetta Rasy ; Isabella De Luna , Matteo Bandello ; The Rubber Twins , Vincenzo Cerami ; The Beautiful Hand , Giorgio Vigolo ; The Girl with the Braid , Dacia Maraini ; 16 October 1943 , Giacomo Debenedetti ; Samia , Sandro Onofri ; Exmatriates , Igiaba Scego ; Romulus and Remus , Alberto Moravia ; The Small Hours , Corrado Alvaro ; The Sound of Woodworm , Giosuè Calaciura.
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