Fleeting Rome: In Search of la Dolce Vita

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 17, 2005 - History - 318 pages
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Only a renaissance man could have described this glorious city in its heyday. And only Carlo Levi, writer, painter, politician and one of the last century's most celebrated talents, could depict Rome at the height of its optimism and vitality after World War II. In Fleeting Rome, the era of post war 'La Dolce Vita' is brought magnificently to life in the daily bustle of Rome's street traders, housewives and students at work and play, the colourful festivities of Ferragosto and San Giovanni, the little theatre of Pulcinella al Pincio; all vibrant sights and sounds of this ancient, yet vital city.
 

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Contents

II The Solitude of Rome
25
III The TwoCent Coin
31
IV Sunday Stroll
37
V The Helicopter
43
VI Apparitions in Rome
51
VII The Duty of the Comet
57
VIII Elegy to the MidAugust Holidays
65
IX Hyperbolic Tourism
71
XX The New Moon
143
XXI San Lorenzo and San Paolo
149
XXII A Child in Flight
155
XXIII After the Party
163
XXIV Substance and Chance
171
XXV Clothes Moths
179
XXVI Japanese Toys
187
XXVII Football and Men of Letters
193

X Killing Time
77
XI Points of View
83
XII The Power of the Poor
89
XIII Brigands and Peasants
95
XIV Plants and Seeds
103
XV The Steps of Rome
111
XVI The Empty Cities
119
XVII Girls and Trees
125
XVIII A Dawn in Rome
131
XIX Summer Journey
137
XXVIII The Drainage Ditch and the Measles
199
XXIX A Boy Steals a Car Radio in the Piazza Navona
205
XXX The Labyrinth
213
XXXI City of Brothers
219
XXXII Summer Dissolves in Mists
227
XXXIII Fleeting Rome
233
Notes to the Text
237
Basic Chronology of Carlo Levis Life
259
Index
275
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Carlo Levi (1902-1972), writer, painter and politician, was one of the great Italian talents of the twentieth century. He was interned in the South of Italy as an anti-fascist during the Second World war, where he wrote his masterpiece, Cristo si é Fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli). The work was subsequently turned into a film and became recognized as one of the great works of twentieth-century literature. Subsequent works have included a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, including L'Orologio (1950), Le parole sono pietre (1955), Le mille  patrie, Lo specchio and Scritti di critica d'arte. From 1963 to 1972 he was Senator of the Republic.

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