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Publication Date: May 21, 2019

272 pp


List Price US: $16.99

ISBN: 978-1-59051-997-4

Trim Size: 5.23 x 7.98 x 0.80 in.


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Stories from the City of God

Sketches and Chronicles of Rome

“It’s an enriching experience to read through this collection and feel Pasolini passionately responding to the city, the culture, the people, and the country he knew like he knew his own skin. His voice is like no one else’s—immediate yet grounded in a brilliant and completely individual perspective, lyrical but never blindly romantic. In every single one of these pieces you feel his heroic modern sensibility taking hold, looking misery and cruelty in the eye without flinching, but also celebrating the best in people.” —Martin Scorsese

“Pasolini should be better known in English as a writer—as a poet, novelist, and journalist—and this volume provides a good introduction.” —The New Yorker

“Marvelous…powerful…moving…In Marina Harss’s lively translation, these ‘chronicles’ are more concrete and colorful than the furious polemics of Pasolini’s last years…to which they make an excellent prelude.” —The Nation

“What’s ugly and squalid shows its beauty to Pasolini…The short pieces succeed as portraits of people and place during a certain time…The author opens up a window on hidden Rome, a part of the city that continues to exist in certain dodgy corners and presumably always will.” —Bloomsbury Review

“A gorgeous account of Pasolini’s itinerary, migrating between zones of cultural privilege and ‘the lower depths.’…Pasolini’s lightness of touch and breadth of observation combine in a gestural prose with a revolutionary purpose.” —Film Comment