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This is an auction for THE PIKE: GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO – POET, SEDUCER AND PRECHER OF WAR, by Lucy Hughes-Hallett.

“Dazzling. . . . A resonant study of the themes of power, masculinity, violence, and desire that made D’Annunzio such a striking emblem of his age.”
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

“Readers will delight in touring the deep, tangled wood of a most astonishing life with a most engaging and learned guide.”
- a *** starred *** review in Kirkus Reviews (US)

"A wonderful biography. . . A magnificent and beautifully written book that makes readers feel they have really come to know d’Annunzio, his many faults, his fewer virtues, and his enormous talent for life."
- New York Review of Books

“D’Annunzio (1863–1938) became one of the first modern celebrities, and as such he was voluminously documented. Hughes-Hallett paints a detailed portrait of a civilized sociopath, incapable of restraining his appetites for sex, excitement and exquisite furnishings and insensible to the emotional and financial damage he caused. He went through houses, furnishings, jewelry, artworks, horses, cars, and airplanes as if they were water. His mistresses were legion, and among them were some of the era’s most famous performers. And then there were his one-night (or shorter) stands, all recorded, often obscenely, in his notebooks. A national chauvinist who lauded unending warfare and violence, he spearheaded the drive to get Italy into WWI. In the process, he inspired the rising Mussolini.”
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2013.

694 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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