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Street Fight in Naples: A City's Unseen History
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Street Fight in Naples: A City's Unseen History (Paperback)

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Naples is always a shock, flaunting beauty and squalor like nowhere else. Naples is the only city in Europe whose ancient past still lives in its irrepressible people. Their ancestors came from all over the early Mediterranean to the wide bay and its islands, shadowed by a dormant volcano. Not all of them found what they were looking for, but they made a great and terribly human city. Peter Robb's Street Fight in Naples ranges across nearly three thousand years of Neapolitan life and art, from the first Greek landings in Italy to his own less auspicious arrival thirty-something years ago. In 1503 Naples became the Mediterranean capital of Spain's world empire and the base for the Christian struggle with Islam. It was a European metropolis matched only by Paris and Istanbul, an extraordinary concentration of military power, lavish consumption, poverty and desperation. As the occupying empire went into crisis, exhausted by its wars against Islamists in the Mediterranean and Protestants in the North, the people of Naples paid a dreadful price. Naples was where in 1606 the greatest painter of his age fled from Rome after a fatal street fight. Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio found in its teeming streets an image of the age's crisis, and released among the painters of Naples the energies of a great age in European art-until everything erupted in a revolt by the dispossessed, and the people of an occupied city brought Europe into the modern world.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 01/01/2011 ISBN-13: 9781408820001  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Peter Robb's first book, Midnight in Sicily (1996), was a bestseller in Australia and the UK. It won the Victorian Premier's Prize for Nonfiction in 1997. His book M (1998), about the painter Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio, won the same prize, and the National Biography Award, two years later. It was a bestseller in the US and a New York Times Notable Book for 2000. A Death in Brazil (2003) was the Age Nonfiction Book of the Year and won the Queensland Premier's Award for Nonfiction in 2004. Peter Robb has also published a book of pulp novellas called Pig's Blood and Other Fluids (1999), which won nothing.

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