DARIO by Percy Winner


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Minor Machiavellian ground plan, in this semi-fictional account of the fluctuations of one power-seeking Italian's career, as known to an American newspaperman. The author, through a stunt interview, becomes a sometimes confidante of Duvolti, whose veerings in Italian political history mark the opportunist, the weak link in the chain of progress. From a political illiterate who is driven by power, Duvolti displays his potent exhibitionism, his mistakes and political blunders, his small awards growing to larger, his sources of power, his double plays that secure his personal insurance of future safe berths. He makes his way through the years in which Fascism rises, the war brings faith, then doubt, and the aftermath of escape into Communism... A tracing of the luxury of inconsistency, of subtleties, indirections, this is a pinpoint fixing of contemporaneous men and ideas in personal recall.

Pub Date: March 27th, 1947
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace