A Violent Life

A Violent Life

Book - 2007
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Revealing that a beautiful and cultured European city has a dark and dangerous underbelly, this novel chronicles the violent lives of Rome's slum inhabitants. Born in a shantytown, Tommaso Puzzilli was once young and hopeful, but he soon succumbs to life on the streets, where he must resort to crime and prostitution simply to stay alive. Written by an author who ultimately suffered the same chilling fate as one of his characters, this fictional account offers a startling portrait of the very real tragedies of urban poverty.
Publisher: Manchester, [England] : Carcanet, 2007
ISBN: 9781857549638
Branch Call Number: FICTION PASOLINI 2007
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Weaver, William


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I was introduced to Pasolini through his films, but his poetry and this novel show his immense talent as a writer. Not for the easily offended, this account of the slums of Rome is as fascinating as Pasolini's own life. If you are looking for the stereotypes of Italian culture, please move along.... Read More »

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Apr 06, 2014

Before he found success and controversy as a film director, Pier Paolo Pasolini was a published novelist and poet. Set in the underclass of Rome, this novel is populated by pimps, whores, gangs, punks and petty thieves. Vulgar, vigorous and occasionally violent, the milieu Pasolini describes will be familiar to viewers of his early films, like "Mama Roma" and "Accatone." The title is sadly prophetic, as Pasolini was murdered in 1975. Translated by William Weaver, who also did versions of Calvino, Eco and Levi.


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