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Raffaele La Capria creates a portrait of Capri that begins in the time of Ulysses and moves to our present complex and hectic reality, and composes an elegy for a Nature blasted by human negligence and error. Americans have now been visiting Capri for many years, and La Capria’s book will offer much to newcomers to the island that they would not otherwise have at their disposal, for his slim volume is a guidebook of a special kind, something like a novel and a local Italian guide. Capri has had a long history as a place of retreat, of sensual license, and of unparalleled natural beauty. Without running through the usual list of sights, La Capria gives his reader the sensation of having peered beneath each stone, and of giving an appreciation of what such a place has done to others, some of whom, once under Capri’s spell, gave their lives over to their dreams.
"A keening song for Capri ... A luminous island memoir."
|Translators' Preface||p. vii|
|The Dream of an Imperial Villa||p. 1|
|The Discovery of the Blue Grotto||p. 12|
|Fersen: A Legend in Somewhat Black and Pink||p. 21|
|Krupp: An Odious Conspiracy||p. 30|
|Douglas the Sirenologist||p. 41|
|The Cerio-Capri Binomial||p. 48|
|Alberto Savinio's Capri||p. 56|
|Going to the Villa Lysis||p. 62|
|Romantic Monika||p. 71|
|Images of the Island||p. 81|
|The Spirits of the Place||p. 87|
|The Solitary House||p. 95|
|My House Under Monte Solaro||p. 104|
|On a Rock One Morning||p. 111|
|Capri and No Longer Capri||p. 118|
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Series: Nation Books
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 22nd August 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.6 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.23