Falling Palace : A Romance of Naples
Weaving the intrigue of a romance with the haunting evocation of a legendary Mediterranean city, Dan Hofstadter reveals Naples to us. He is our guide to its decaying architectural beauty - the falling palace of his dreams; the conversations 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.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 129 x 197 x 17mm | 220g
- 01 Feb 2007
- Profile Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Dan Hofstadter
Dan Hofstadter is the author of three previous books, most recently The Love Affair as a Work of Art. He lives in the United States and was for eight years a regular contributor to The New Yorker.
The city prevails on every page ... literally breathtaking. -- Shirley Hazzard * New York Times * Hypnotic and heartbreaking, Falling Palace had me shouting Napoli Saluto all over again. * Sunday Times * Sensational ... a tale of pure, absorbing delightfulness. Like the literary love-child of Eco and Baedeker, he delights and informs in equal measure. * Sunday Telegraph * Hypnotic and heartbreaking, Dan Hofstadter's Falling Palace, a memoir of a failed Neapolitan love affair, afforded the year's most tenderly wrought prose. -- Christopher Bray * New Statesman *