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The Pike : Gabriele D'Annunzio - Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
Hughes-Hallett, Lucy

Fourth Estate, 2013. Fade to dustjacket spine, otherwise good secondhand condition.

The story of Gabriele D?Annunzio, poet, daredevil ? and Fascist.

In September 1919 Gabriele D?Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern-day Croatia. His intention ? to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D?Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable. Through his ideological journey, culminating in the failure of the Fiume endeavour, we witness the political turbulence of early 20th-century Europe and the emergence of fascism.

In The Pike, Hughes-Hallett addresses the cult of nationalism and the origins of political extremism ? and at the centre of the book stands the charismatic D?Annunzio: a figure as deplorable as he is fascinating.

Second hand Hardback