He was in seventh heaven. I think Hughes-Hallett took particular delight in having access to d'Annunzio's diaries, and thus incredibly intimate details about each sexual encounter. He was a very early aviator and was delighted by the shiny cars given to him by Fiat. His moment of power was over, but his understanding of the role of spectacle and news manipulation in the modern political process, his privileging of publicity over policy and his linking of nationalist rhetoric with the cult of the superman himself all look ominously prescient now. This was how D'Annunzio took up ideas, images, movements.
Avoiding the simplistic labelling of d'Annunzio as a proto Fascist, Lucy Hughes-Hallett looks at his aesthetic and nationalist philosophies in detail, skilfully and painstakingly unpicking all the elements that made up a very complex character. This will frustrate the researcher. He led his troops with chants from the Iliad. His contemporaries thought that he wore make-up. Mussolini kept him neutered by paying for a villa and his debauched lifestyle, so he would not contest the ruling party. Hughes-Hallett is seems, is not seduced. I have meant to put my toe in the water and read something of d'Annunzio's fiction for years, in Italian of course.
. He was as devoted to poetry, and to aesthetics and the style of the rich and famous as he was to flying planes and his extreme nationalism. D'Annunzio's very dangerous politics, if not his poetry, inspired Mussolini who easily iden Not the easiest read. Time that with this strange excuse Pardoned Kipling and his views, And will pardon Paul Claudel, Pardons him for writing well. On one hand his lifestyle, poetry and womanising were amazing, but on the other it showed how mankind easily falls for a charmismatic person without questioning or really understanding their motivations. But what does all this amount to? After fifteen months an Italian gunship brought the regime to an end, but the adventure had its sequel: three years later, the fascists marched on Rome, belting out anthems they'd learned in Fiume, as Mussolini consciously modeled himself after the great poet.
I suppose the answer in both cases was the same - because it's there. It won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction as well as the Costa Book Award. Reads like a picaresque novel. A brilliant self-publicist in the first age of mass media, he used his fame to sell his work, seduce women, and promote his extreme nationalism. In the more traditional, chronological later sections, I had to be disciplined to maintain my attention, as I am not a good reader of history. Beroemd was zijn relatie met topactrice Eleonora Duse, die acht jaar standhield maar nooit monogaam was.
Futurists, anarchists, communists and proto-fascists descended on the place, along with literati and thrill-seekers, drug dealers and prostitutes. Hughes This is the remarkable award-winning story of poet, author, playwright and political maverick Gabriele D'Annunzio. On the other hand, D'Annunzio actually governed, sort of, a city-state, for nearly a year. To glamorise his going bald he blamed the iron perchlorate used to wash a wound received in a duel. Lucy Hughes-Hallett's stunning biography vividly re-creates his flamboyant life and dramatic times, tracing the early twentieth century's trajectory from Romantic idealism to world war and fascist aggression.
But, my word, how he came to detest the subject o To enjoy a book the reader should really have a good relationship with the author. A brilliant self-publicist in the first age of mass media, he used his fame to sell his work, seduce women, and promote his extreme nationalism. Its subtitle Histories, Dreams and Distortions in a later edition became the more commercial Queen, Lover, Legend. D' Annunzio's companionship would have been a bit too boring for my romantic blood. He was an advocate of force in political and international affairs, and an Italian nationalist who did much to propagate a myth of Italy as the inheritor of the values of Imperial Rome.
His whole life he was hunted down by creditors, by bailiffs, and many of his moves, to France for example, are revealed by Hughes-Hallet to have been motivated, or more exactly forced, by his dire financial situation. She also, incoherently, pronounces her opposition to the war in Afghanistan. Her first book, Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions 1990 , examining the historical background and cultural myths inspired by Cleopatra, won the Fawcett Prize and the Emily Toth Award. He is no Hitler, but he provides a template. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. So did literati and thrill seekers, drug dealers, and prostitutes. In no small part the fascination of the character, despite the hollowness which the modern eye cannot help but notice at every turn of his story, can be accounted for by the length and variety of his interests; As many in his age-group, D'Annunzio honed his skills in the inclusive tradition of italian verism, before turning to the late-romantic nebula which was then rising in Rome.
At the age of about 17, on the eve of publishing his second book of verse, he misled a national newspaper into reporting the death in a riding accident of the extraordinarily gifted young poet Gabrielle d'Annunzio. A shrewd, challenging analysis that links his sadomasochistic psyche to his pitiless ideology. He was obsessed with Byron, Ossian, and Dante. Still, she intercuts scenes from the large canvas where violence on the scale of cities and field battles happen with intimate, sometimes bathetic or ridiculous moments, skillfully capturing the absurdity of real life, and the deep contradictions in proto- fascist ideology. She picks apart the trends of his behavior, and is quick to see through his strategic use of irony and deception. Think of all those who learned from him, and where we are today because of what they learned.