She Seduced Me

She Seduced Me : A Love Affair with Rome

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"I resisted, but she drew me back. I stayed away, but she beckoned me. I distanced myself, but she haunted me. I even rejected her but she did not abandon me..."

She Seduced Me is that rare book in which the reader becomes part of a magical world in which places, monuments and artists come alive through their stories. In this case, however, that world is Rome and the reader becomes a participant in the ebb and flow of the city and gains insight into why so many have fallen in love with Rome despite its faults.

This work of nonfiction is divided into chapters in which the reader experiences aspects of art, culture, history and the present through the eyes of the writer and of the inhabitants of Rome, past and present.

The journey commences with the reader accompanying the author who, standing in front of Michelangelo's Moses statue, mouth agape, almost hears the artist scream at his creation: "Speak!" From this an odyssey of wonder begins: what is the story behind the Trevi fountain, behind that rock in the middle of the Roman Forum, behind all those priests and nuns everywhere, behind everything one stumbles upon, wonders about and takes selfies in front of? The quest is to uncover those stories.

Author and reader continue to explore the life in the piazzas, experience camaraderie with street performers, see history through all the senses, get lost in Rome, observe Americans and foreigners, discover unique places to eat, speak with Romans, explore the houses of Nero, Augustus and Livia, encounter Caravaggio and chats with expats.

This work is a virtual tour through a magical city that educates and enthralls.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 148 pages
  • 135 x 210 x 13mm | 152g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913680045
  • 9781913680046
  • 470,284

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Stories, Saints and Weirdos
Chapter 2: Life in the Streets
Chapter 3: Artists and Performers
Chapter 4: Tasting History
Chapter 5: Getting Lost
Chapter 6: Eating
Chapter 7: Americans
Chapter 8: According to Romans
Chapter 9: Underground: The Golden House of Nero and the houses of Livia and Augustus
Chapter 10: The Impoverished but Grand Lady
Chapter 11: Caravaggio - narration
Chapter 12: People Watching
Chapter 13: Lesser visited: Palazzo Altemps and Ostia Antica
Chapter 14: Is it Dolce Vita? Expats
Chapter 15: Nocturnal Vatican
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If youve ever wanted to travel to Rome but havent been able to make the journey, this book is sure to satisfy some of that wanderlust. Part memoir, part history lesson, the author seamlessly traverses the modern city and the ancient via vibrant description and a genuine passion for Italys legendary capital. The author is not only passionate about this city, but he is knowledgeable and regales us with interesting facts and information. From start to finish, the text is a relaxed and romantic literary tour, not to any of the usual tourist hotspots, but rather to the author's favoured places tucked far away from the well-known tourist track. Along the way, the author stops to chat with some of the locals, which gives fascinating insight into the daily lives of the people who call Rome home. -- S.C. Farrow, author of Open Wounds and This is Not a Lie She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome by Mark Tedesco touched the wonderer in me in a big way. One of the things that I liked most about James Mitchener was his attention to backstory, the people, and locations. He always told more than the story he was narrating. Tedesco does the same, only it was his story that was being told. Having Mark go into depth about the history of the people, the art, and the splendid architecture of Rome made his story about his living in Rome for eight years all the more real. His was an emotional journey and he related it with style. I would have gladly read another few hundred pages if I had the chance. This combined story, travel log, adventure was right up my alley. I will read more of his books. Ive already bought The Dog On The Acropolis and will start it as soon as I have a few minutes. I highly recommend that you let Mark Tedesco take you an emotion filled and truly touching trip through the backstories of Rome with She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome. I predict that you wont regret it. -- Jeff Bailey, author of Not On My Watch was conceived to be the center of the universe with its eternal beauty. Each of us together with She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome begins the history of our humanistic education and develops it in different places but always returning to our minds. Everything has already happened in Rome and will continue forever with us as actors in many roles already experienced by others. As in a painting by Caravaggio, Rome has understood us deeply and has led us to various unconscious levels. From the terrified expression of an illegal immigrant surrounded by police to a King Tut stunt double. Are we Americans on vacation, or Dominican brothers from Heaven? It matters little that we are all Romans. Mark Tedesco is the most Roman of all. Maybe he thought he was writing about Rome but it is Rome that writes about him and has made him a better man. -- Alberto Milani, President of Italy America Chamber of Commerce New York She Seduced Me - A Love Affair with Rome takes you on a personal journey to many hidden gems located in and around Rome. Mark will take you on a historical journey throughout the city, exploring historical sites and structures located off the beaten path. He will take you back in time, relieving what life must have been like back then as you view beautiful historic statues, churches, piazzas and so much more. He even divulges local hidden eateries located off the tourist path, that will have you wishing you were there with him. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I know you will too! -- Robert from Gr8 Travel Tips
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About Mark Tedesco

978-1-913680-04-Mark Tedesco is a writer and educator residing in California. Having lived in Italy for eight years, he enjoys weaving stories connecting the present to the past and exploring how deep human longings are expressed in relationships, events, culture and history.

Mark has written in the genres of travel, historical fiction, memoir, self-help and childrens' fiction. His titles include: That Undeniable Longing, I am John I am Paul, Lessons and Beliefs, The Dog on the Acropolis and Loving Hoping Believing. Mark's Dixi Books title, She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome, brings to life Mark's love for the magic of a city, in which he weaves history, personal stories and interviews into a tale that, little by little, also seduces the reader.

Besides writing, Mark is an educator and he loves to engage his students in his love of history, literature and of each person's unique story. In his off time, Mark likes to travel but, somehow, he always ends up returning to Rome where, he is convinced, other stories are waiting to be uncovered.
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