Naples '44

A World War II Diary of Occupied Italy

Author: Norman Lewis

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 148043325X

Category: History

Page: 187

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The basis for the powerful documentary narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, Lewis’s memoir of the Italian city after Nazi occupation is a “masterpiece” (Will Self). “Vivid, lucid, elegant, often funny,” Naples ’44 is the starkly human account of the true cost of war as seen through the eyes of a young, untested man who would never again look at his world the same way (The New York Times Book Review). With his gift for linguistics, Norman Lewis was assigned to the British Intelligence Corps’ Field Security Service, tasked with reforming civil services, dealing with local leaders, and keeping the peace in places World War II had devastated. After a near-disastrous Allied landing at Salerno, Italy, Lewis was stationed in the newly liberated city of Naples. But bringing the city back to life was unlike anything he had been prepared for. Much of the populace was far from grateful, stealing anything they could, not only from each other but also from those sent to help them. Local vendettas and endless feuds made discerning friend from Nazi collaborator practically impossible, and turned attempts at meting out justice into a farce. And as the deprivations grew ever harsher, a proud and vibrant people were forced to survive on a diet of prostitution, corruption, and a desperate belief in miracles, cures, and saviors. But even through the darkness and chaos, Lewis evokes the essential dignity of the Neapolitan people, their traditions of civility, courage, and generosity of spirit, and the indefatigable pride that kept them fighting for life during the greatest calamity in human history. Praised by Graham Greene as “one of the best writers . . . of our century,” Norman Lewis presents a portrait of Naples that is a “lyrical, ironic and detached account of the tempestuous, byzantine and opaque city in the aftermath of war” (Will Self). His Naples ’44 “reads like prose . . . sings like poetry” (The Plain Dealer).
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Women in Italy, 1945–1960: An Interdisciplinary Study

Author: P. Morris

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023060143X

Category: Psychology

Page: 246

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This volume brings together specialists from a variety of disciplines to develop a deeper understanding of the social, political, and cultural history of women in Italy in the years 1946-1960. Despite being a time when women and the family were at the center of national debates, and when society changed considerably, the fifteen years following the Second World War have tended to be overlooked or subsumed into discussions of other periods. By focusing on the experience of women and by broadening the frame of reference to include subjects and sources often ignored, or only alluded to, by traditional analyses, the essays in this volume break new ground and provide a corrective to previous interpretive models.
Posted in Psychology

Remember This

A Family in America

Author: D. E. Mungello

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0761867465

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

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The Mungellos were Italian-American children of Vesuvius. Moving to flee the threats of the Black Hand, their lives became no less turbulent. Throughout the generations, the Mungello’s love affairs projected them up the ladder of American success as they damned one another to their deaths. This is a true story.
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Shirley Hazzard: New Critical Essays

Author: Brigitta Olubas

Publisher: Sydney University Press

ISBN: 1743324103


Page: 180

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Shirley Hazzard: New Critical Essays is the first collection of scholarly essays on the work of the acclaimed Australian-born, New York-based author. In the course of the last half century, Hazzard's writing has crossed and re-crossed the terrain of love, war, beauty, politics and ethics. Hazzard's oeuvre effortlessly reflects and represents the author's life and times, encapsulating the prominent feelings, anxieties and questions of the second half of the 20th century. It is these qualities, along with Hazzard's lyrical style that place her among the most noteworthy Australian writers of the 20th century. Hazzard's work has been duly praised and admired by many including the critic Bryan Appleyard who describes her as 'the greatest living writer on goodness and love'. In 2011, novelist Richard Ford observed: 'If there has to be one best writer working in English today it's Shirley Hazzard.'
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Loss and the Other in the Visionary Work of Anna Maria Ortese

Author: Vilma DeGasperin,Vilma De Gasperin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199673810

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 306

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This book explores the literary work of Anna Maria Ortese (1914-1998), one of the greatest and most original writers in twentieth-century Italian and European literature, whose work has reached critical international acclaim in the last fifteen-twenty years. She wrote, in great hardship for most of her literary career, between 1933 and 1998 and the book traces the development of her work across over six decades with the background of changing Italy, from thefascist Thirties to the booming Sixties and the riotus Seventies. It explores themes such as autobiographical loss, melancholy, social conditions of war-shattered Naples or urban Milan, in short, ethicalissues that shape her critique of modernity, and the concern for the safeguard and defence of the Other, be it human or animal. In terms of genre, the book explores Ortese's experimentation with realism, autobiography, magic realism, fantasy, the fairy tale, allegory, the novel and the short story. The analysis shows the intense relationship between Ortese's texts and masterpieces of European literature, the presence, rewriting and influence of works by Shakespeare, Milton, Keats, as well asSpanish and other national literatures.
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Street Fight in Naples

A City's Unseen History

Author: Peter Robb

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408818736

Category: Travel

Page: 416

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Naples is always a shock, flaunting beauty and squalor like nowhere else. Naples is the only city in Europe whose ancient past still lives in its irrepressible people. Their ancestors came from all over the early Mediterranean to the wide bay and its islands, shadowed by a dormant volcano. Not all of them found what they were looking for, but they made a great and terribly human city. Peter Robb's Street Fight in Naples ranges across nearly three thousand years of Neapolitan life and art, from the first Greek landings in Italy to his own less auspicious arrival thirty-something years ago. In 1503 Naples became the Mediterranean capital of Spain's world empire and the base for the Christian struggle with Islam. It was a European metropolis matched only by Paris and Istanbul, an extraordinary concentration of military power, lavish consumption, poverty and desperation. As the occupying empire went into crisis, exhausted by its wars against Islamists in the Mediterranean and Protestants in the North, the people of Naples paid a dreadful price. Naples was where in 1606 the greatest painter of his age fled from Rome after a fatal street fight. Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio found in its teeming streets an image of the age's crisis, and released among the painters of Naples the energies of a great age in European art-until everything erupted in a revolt by the dispossessed, and the people of an occupied city brought Europe into the modern world.
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Monte Cassino

Ten Armies in Hell

Author: Peter Caddick-Adams

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199974667

Category: History

Page: 384

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Selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 The most horrific battles of World War II ring in the popular memory: Stalingrad, the Bulge, Iwo Jima, to name a few. Monte Cassino should stand among them. Waged deep in the Italian mountains beneath a medieval monastery, it was an astonishingly brutal encounter, grinding up ten armies in conditions as bad as the Eastern Front at its worst. Now the battle has the chronicle it deserves. In Monte Cassino, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams provides a vivid account of how an array of men from across the globe fought the most lengthy and devastating engagement of the Italian campaign in an ancient monastery town. Not simply Americans, British, and Germans, but Russians, Indians, Georgians, Nepalese, Ukrainians, French, Slovaks, Armenians, New Zealanders, and Poles, among others, fought and died there. Caddick-Adams offers a panoramic view, surveying the strategic heights and peering over the shoulders of troops fruitlessly digging for cover in the stony soil. Here are incisive sketches of the theater commanders--Field Marshal "Smiling Albert" Kesselring, who outmaneuvered Rommel to command German troops in Italy, and the English aristocrat General Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, tall, upbeat, "and--crucially for Churchill--looked every inch a general." Caddick-Adams puts Cassino into the context of the Italian campaign and larger Allied war plans, and takes readers into the savage, often hand-to-hand combat in the bombed-out medieval town. He captures the brutal weather and unforgiving terrain--the rubble and rocky slopes that splintered dangerously under artillery barrages and caused shellfire to echo with such volume that men had trouble keeping their sanity due to acoustics alone. Over four months, the struggle would inflict some 200,000 casualties, and Allied planes would level the historic monastery-and eventually the entire town as well. With scholarly care, insightful analysis, and narrative verve, Caddick-Adams has crafted a monumental account of one of World War II's lesser-known but no less devastating battles.
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Outcast Europe

Refugees and Relief Workers in an Era of Total War 1936-48

Author: Sharif Gemie,Laure Humbert,Fiona Reid

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441142134

Category: History

Page: 344

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The period of the 'long' Second World War (1936-1948) was marked by mass movements of diverse populations: 60 million people either fled or were forced from their homes. This book considers the Spanish Republicans fleeing Franco's Spain in 1939, the French civilians trying to escape the Nazi invasion in 1940, and the millions of people displaced or expelled by the forces of Hitler's Third Reich. Throughout this period state and voluntary organisations were created to take care of the homeless and the displaced. National organisations dominated until the end of the war; afterwards, international organisations - the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency and the International Refugee Organisation - were formed to deal with what was clearly an international problem. Using case studies of displaced people and of relief workers, this book is unique in placing such crises at the centre rather than the margins of wartime experience, making the work nothing less than an alternative history of the Second World War.
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Death 24x a Second

Stillness and the Moving Image

Author: Laura Mulvey

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861895763

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 216

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Death 24x a Second is a fascinating exploration of the role new media technologies play in our experience of film. Addressing some of the key questions of film theory, spectatorship, and narrative, Laura Mulvey here argues that such technologies, including home DVD players, have fundamentally altered our relationship to the movies. According to Mulvey, new media technologies give viewers the ability to control both image and story, so that movies meant to be seen collectively and followed in a linear fashion may be manipulated to contain unexpected and even unintended pleasures. The individual frame, the projected film’s best-kept secret, can now be revealed by anyone who hits pause. Easy access to repetition, slow motion, and the freeze-frame, Mulvey argues, may shift the spectator’s pleasure to a fetishistic rather than a voyeuristic investment in film. By exploring how technology can give new life to old cinema, Death 24x a Second offers an original reevaluation of film’s history and its historical usefulness.
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A History of Europe Since 1945

Author: Tony Judt

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440624766

Category: History

Page: 960

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Winner of the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award One of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of the Year Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world's most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through thirty-four nations and sixty years of political and cultural change-all in one integrated, enthralling narrative. Both intellectually ambitious and compelling to read, thrilling in its scope and delightful in its small details, Postwar is a rare joy.
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Author: Andreas Kollender

Publisher: Pendragon Verlag

ISBN: 3865325017

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Sommer 1943: Hitler muss weg! Das steht für Fritz Kolbe fest. Als Mitarbeiter des Auswärtigen Amtes hat er Zugang zu streng geheimen Dokumenten, die er aus der Behörde schmuggelt. Eine Kurierfahrt in die Schweiz ermöglicht ihm die Kontaktaufnahme zu den Amerikanern. Kolbe beginnt ein lebensgefährliches Doppelleben. Er übergibt den Amerikanern hochbrisantes Material, darunter der genaue Lageplan der Wolfsschanze, Hitlers Hauptquartier, sowie wichtige Hinweise auf Spione und einen deutschen Geheimsender in Irland. Die Alliierten nutzen seine Informationen, aber Hitler bleibt an der Macht und der sinnlose Krieg geht weiter. Kolbe zweifelt mehr und mehr an seiner Mission, ?will aufgeben, doch Marlene, die Frau, die ihm alles bedeutet, ermutigt ihn zum Weitermachen. Bis es zu einem folgenschweren Unfall kommt ... Andreas Kollenders Sprache entwickelt eine unglaubliche Sogwirkung, augenblicklich ist man gefangen in seiner Geschichte von Widerstand und Liebe, von Mut und Zivilcourage.
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Queen of Roumania

The Life of Princess Marie, Grand-daughter of Queen Victoria

Author: Hannah Pakula

Publisher: Trans-Atlantic Publications

ISBN: 9780907871910

Category: Queens

Page: 510

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Posted in Queens

Subject Guide to Books in Print

An Index to the Publishers' Trade List Annual

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: American literature

Page: N.A

View: 9746

Posted in American literature

Napoli e la sua terra nella letteratura inglese

antologia di testi scelti dal Rinascimento ai giorni nostri

Author: Adriana Corrado

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788849517743

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 518

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Posted in Literary Collections

The Complete Pompeii

Author: Joanne Berry

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 256

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A comprehensive visual survey of the ancient city draws on cutting-edge architectural research to reconstruct the latest beliefs about Pompeii's history, discussing such topics as the lives and deaths of its citizens, its political and religious structures, and its destruction by the eruption of AD 79.
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Mediterranean crossings

the politics of an interrupted modernity

Author: Iain Chambers

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

ISBN: 9780822341260

Category: History

Page: 181

View: 9098

An interdisciplinary interpretation of the Mediterranean as an extraordinarily fluid, heterogeneous cultural and historical formation, by a leading cultural theorist.
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After War and Massacre

Reconstructing Society in Central Italy, 1944-1948

Author: Victoria Belco

Publisher: N.A



Page: 1924

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New Statesman

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social sciences

Page: N.A

View: 7127

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