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Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour
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Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour

by Barbara Hodgson
 

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Italy Out of Hand Is not a traditional guidebook, with hotel addresses and hours of operation. Rather, it is an idiosyncratic tour of a country that is too overwhelming and extravagant for many of us to comprehend without a little assistance. Seething below Italy’s wonderfully civilized surface is a long and shadowy history of corruption, cruelty, and the

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Italy Out of Hand Is not a traditional guidebook, with hotel addresses and hours of operation. Rather, it is an idiosyncratic tour of a country that is too overwhelming and extravagant for many of us to comprehend without a little assistance. Seething below Italy’s wonderfully civilized surface is a long and shadowy history of corruption, cruelty, and the generally bizarre. For centuries it has been overrun by waves of invaders, all contributing their own questionable bits of culture, and all wantonly adding to the confusion. How is a poor visitor supposed to make sense of this anarchic place? Co-creator of the cult favorite Paris Out of Hand, Barbara Hodgson has neatly brushed away the chaos and assembled an eclectic treasury of forgotten and overlooked oddities: long-lost popes, bloodthirsty mercenaries, tempestuous artists, and inexplicable follies. Illustrated with an equally eclectic selection of photographs, portraits, and art, Italy Out of Hand is the perfect companion for those who like their truths to be stranger than fiction.

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ISBN-13:
9781435127166
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
7.18(w) x 11.08(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Hodgson is a Vancouver-based writer, photographer, and designer. She is the author of the acclaimed illustrated novels The Lives of Shadows, Hippolyte’s Island, The Sensualist, The Tattooed Map, and a collaborator on Paris Out of Hand. Her nonfiction works include Opium: A Portrait of the Heavenly Demon.

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