The Pike : Gabriele d'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War, Paperback Book

The Pike : Gabriele d'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War Paperback

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WINNER OF THE 2013 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION WINNER OF THE 2013 DUFF COOPER PRIZE WINNER OF THE POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 2014 WINNER OF THE 2013 COSTA BOOK AWARDS BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR 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.

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A brilliant, scholarly, yet well paced narrative describing the life, times, & events in Gabriele D'Annunzio's life. Whilst this is also a documentation of the development of fascism from an Italian point of view, this is more a close character study of a promiscuous, drug addled icon of that movement. The author clearly feels a good story in her research has had made a complex, lurid, repulsive character like D'Annunzio very accessible & very, very memorable. Highly recommended.