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Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples
Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples by Dan Hofstadter 0375414401 9780375414404
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Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples by Dan Hofstadter

A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic city from an American who has lost his heart to the place and to a beguiling and mysterious Neapolitan woman. Weaving the tale of an elusive romance with a vivid and haunting evocation of a legendary metropolis, Dan Hofstadter brilliantly reveals Naples to us. He is our guide to the dilapidated architectural beauty and the irrepressible theater of the citys everyday life; the centuries-old festivals that regularly overtake the jumbled streets; the conversations in dialect that start in the cafs after work and continue into the night; the countless curio shops where treasures mingle with kitsch. And he brings to life on the page the natives he befriends, people whose gestures and superstitions seem as ancient as Vesuvius: a master baker whod rather be playing the stock market; an agoraphobic aunt who must meddle by phone; and, always, Benedetta, the object of our narrators fascination and affections, and, like her lifelong home-city, at once inviting and unfathomable. Hofstadters Naples is an amalgam of equivocal beauty, vestigial beliefs, betrayed resolves, and half-concealed secrets, a wounded city whose commonplace wonders are vividly conjured in this rich and lyrical book.

Author: Dan Hofstadter

Language: English

Edition: First Edition. states

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 272

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2005-11-15

Our Price: $3.99

ISBN: 0375414401

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