Falling Palace: a Romance of Naples

Falling Palace: a Romance of Naples

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Weaving the intrigue of a romance with the haunting evocation of a legendary metropolis, Dan Hofstadter brilliantly reveals Naples to us. He is our guide to its decaying architectural beauty - the falling palace of his dreams - and the theatre of the city's everyday life; to the ancient festivals that regularly overtake the jumbled streets; the conversations in dialect that start in the cafes and continue into the night; the countless curio shops where treasures mingle with kitsch. And he brings to life on the page his Neapolitan friends, people whose gestures and superstitions seem as old as Vesuvius: chief among them, Benedetta, the object of his fascination and affections, and, like her home city, at once inviting and unfathomable. Hofstadter's Naples is an amalgam of equivocal beauty, betrayals and secrets, a wounded city whose commonplace wonders are superbly conjured by this rich and lyrical book.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 144 x 214 x 30mm | 439.99g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861974353
  • 9781861974358

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Christopher Bray - 'Hypnotic and heartbreaking, Dan Hofstadter's Falling Palace (Profile), a memoir of a failed Neapolitan love affair, afforded the year's most tenderly wrought prose.' Sunday Times - 'Hypnotic and heartbreaking, Falling Palace had me shouting Napoli saluto all over again.' Sunday Telegraph (Magazine) - 'sensational...a tale of pure, absorbing delightfulness. Like the literary love-child of Eco and Baedeker, he delights and informs in equal measure.' Financial Times - 'Naples is one of the world's noisiest cities but, for Dan Hofstadter, the hustle and bustle forms a comforting pillow of sound' Sunday Telegraph (Travel) - 'Hofstadter is brilliant on the theatre of everyday life in Naples...and the powerful and pleasurable sense of melancholy precipitated by love lost endures long after the book has been finished.'show more

About Dan Hofstadter

Dan Hofstadter is the author of three previous books, most recently The Love Affair as a Work of Art. He was for eight years a regular contributor to The New Yorker.show more

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