The Pike

The Pike: Gabriele d’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 29/08/2013
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The Pike
A wonderful insight into the soul of modern Italy
Gabriele D'Annunzio is perhaps the character that, for better or for worse, defined the first half of twentieth century Italy; the cult of beauty and aesth... READ MORE
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The Times Biography of the Decade Winner of the 2013 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Winner of the 2013 Costa Book Awards Biography of the Year The story of Gabriele D'Annunzio, poet, daredevil - and Fascist. In September 1919 Gabriele D'Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern day Croatia. His intention - to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career. Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D'Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable. Through his ideological journey, culminating in the failure of the Fiume endeavour, we witness the political turbulence of early 20th century Europe and the emergence of fascism. In The Pike, Hughes-Hallett addresses the cult of nationalism and the origins of political extremism - and at the centre of the book stands the charismatic D'Annunzio: a figure as deplorable as he is fascinating.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780007213962
  • Number of pages: 704
  • Weight: 490g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 45 mm

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