Pictures from Italy
After Martin Chuzzlewit was published in 1844, Dickens deliberately took a break from novels to travel in Italy for almost a year.
Bored by many traditional tourist sites and repelled by the greed and empty rituals of the Catholic church, Dickens is far more attracted by urban desolation, the colourful life of the streets and visible signs of the nation's richly textured past. He is especially drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing and sheer exuberant energy of the Roman carnival. Although seldom overtly political,Pictures from Italy often touches on the corruption and cruelty of Italian history, the grinding poverty and a sense of continuing oppression lurking just below the surface. A thrilling travelogue which is also deeply revealing about its author's current anxieties and concerns, this neglected work deserves a secure place among the masterpieces of Dickens's maturity.
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A NOTE ON THE TEXT
The Readers Passport
Going through France
Lyons the Rhone and the Goblin of Avignon
Avignon to Genoa
Through Bologna and Ferrara
An Italian Dream
By Verona Mantua and Milan across the Pass of the Simplon into Switzerland
To Rome by Pisa and Siena
A Rapid Diorama
APPENDIXThe Italian Prisoner
Genoa and its Neighbourhood
To Parma Modena and Bologna
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