The Pike (eBook): Gabriele d'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War

by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Format: eBook
File type: EPUB DRM

Available for immediate download

To download this eBook, simply 'Add to basket' and pay at the Checkout as normal. Don't forget to download Digital Editions too, if you don't already have it.

You can not earn Waterstones Card points on eBooks

£7.39

Add to basket

WINNER OF THE 2013 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION

Now also shortlisted for the Costa Biography award 2013, this is the story of Gabriele D'Annunzio, poet, daredevil -- and Fascist.

In September 1919 Gabriele D'Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern day Croatia. His intention -- to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D'Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable. Through his ideological journey, culminating in the failure of the Fiume endeavour, we witness the political turbulence of early 20th century Europe and the emergence of fascism.

In The Pike, Hughes-Hallett addresses the cult of nationalism and the origins of political extremism -- and at the centre of the book stands the charismatic D'Annunzio: a figure as deplorable as he is fascinating.

Product details

Published
17/01/2013

Publisher
Fourth Estate

ISBN
9780007356515


Other books by this author See all titles