THE VILLA DIANA by Alan Moorehead


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Some sketches, from the New Yorker which are compressed, civilized, sharply observed and often funny, of life in postwar Italy. There is something of the popular temperament- which runs to easily exposed emotions; of the background of culture- and the prevalence of ignorance; of the facile adaptation to politics (any politics) and the simple acceptance of poverty. There is also a Palio race in Siena; the ""slow sweet poison"" of Venice; Portofino- ""incredibly and incurably gay""; the rebuilding of Cassino and the introduction of running water; and two legendary characters, the Sicilian outlaw Giuliano- a contemporary- whose ninth life just came to an end, and the enaissance scholar Poliziano whose ghost still haunts the Villa Diana in Florence where the Mooreheads now live... Short pieces, probably not for a wide audience, which have both style and substance.

Pub Date: March 19th, 1951
Publisher: Scribner