Stories from the City of God Sketches and Chronicles of Rome 1950-1966

ISBN-10: 1590510488

ISBN-13: 9781590510483

Edition: 2003

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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Other Press, LLC
Publication date: 11/17/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Born in Bologna, Pasolini spent most of his childhood at his mother's birthplace in Friuli, where he learned the local dialect that he used in his first, last, and best poetry. He became a teacher in a local Communist party chapter, but was accused of blatant immorality in 1949, fired from his job, and expelled from the party. With his mother, he went to Rome, spending much time in the slums, mastering the Roman dialect. His novel Ragazzi di Vita (1955), based on his Roman street experience, established him as the leading neorealistic writer of the day. His second neorealistic novel, A Violent Life (1959), brought him greater success. Before long, however, he rejected neorealism and began to live for art's sake. Thereafter, except for what he called his "cat-like" nocturnal prowling for homosexual sex or love, Pasolini "did not lose a moment," as Cecelia Ross aptly said, "in his efforts to lay new directions for literature as well as for theater and television." He poured all his talents and energies into his major films, starting with The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), which sustains the mood of Bach's music, and running through The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966), Oedipus Rex (1967), Pigsty, Medea (1970), and a trilogy made up of The Decameron (1970), Canterbury Tales (1971), and Arabian Nights (1974). Throughout his works, Pasolini explored the culture and language of the outcasts living in the shabby Roman periphery. Shortly before he died, Pasolini published a revised and enlarged edition of his dialect poems, La nuova gioventu (The New Youth) (1975). Pasolini was murdered by being run over several times with his own car, dying on 2 November 1975 on the beach at Ostia, near Rome. Pasolini was buried in Casarsa.

Mariolina Veneziawas born in 1961 and has written poetrynbsp;as well asnbsp;fornbsp;television and film. She lives in Rome.Mariolina Veneziawas born in 1961 and has written poetrynbsp;as well asnbsp;fornbsp;television and film. She lives in Rome.

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Editor's Note
Table of Dates
Filmography
Bibliography
Trastevere Boy
The Drink
The Dogfish
The Passion of the Lupin-Seller
Delirious Rome
Sunday at the Collina Volpi
Chestnuts and Chrysanthemums
From Monteverde Down to the Altieri Theater
Santino on the Beach at Ostia
Terracina
Riccetto Remembers
Roman Deaths
Women of Rome
(Ri)cotta Cheese
The Disappearing Wild Game of the Roman Countryside
The End of a Post-War Era
Rome and Giuseppe Belli
Roguish Rome
The Corpse'll Stink All Week Long!
Roman Slang
I've Never Seen Rome Like This
The City's True Face
The Concentration Camps
The Shantytowns of Rome
The Periphery of My Mind
The Projects
A Day in the Life
The Other Face of Rome
Interview: How Beautiful You Were, Rome
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