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Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples (Signed First Edition)

Hofstadter, Dan

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ISBN 10: 0375414401 / ISBN 13: 9780375414404
Published by Knopf, 2006
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf [2006]. First edition. First printing. Hardbound. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. New, in dust jacket. A pristine unread copy. Very fine/very fine in all repsects. Comes with mylar dust jacket protector. Smoke free shop. Shipped in sturdy box with bubble wrap. Author has signed his name only; no ther writing. SIGNED NONFICTION. LWB. Bookseller Inventory # hbs0106-3

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Title: Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples (Signed ...

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic city from an American who has lost his heart to the place and to a beguiling and mysterious Neapolitan woman.

Weaving the tale of an elusive romance with a vivid and haunting evocation of a legendary metropolis, Dan Hofstadter brilliantly reveals Naples to us. He is our guide to the dilapidated architectural beauty and the irrepressible theater of the city’s everyday life; the centuries-old festivals that regularly overtake the jumbled streets; the conversations in dialect that start in the cafés after work and continue into the night; the countless curio shops where treasures mingle with kitsch. And he brings to life on the page the natives he befriends, people whose gestures and superstitions seem as ancient as Vesuvius: a master baker who’d rather be playing the stock market; an agoraphobic aunt who must meddle by phone; and, always, Benedetta, the object of our narrator’s fascination and affections, and, like her lifelong home-city, at once inviting and unfathomable.

Hofstadter’s Naples is an amalgam of equivocal beauty, vestigial beliefs, betrayed resolves, and half-concealed secrets, a wounded city whose commonplace wonders are vividly conjured in this rich and lyrical book.

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Dan Hofstadter is the author of three previous books. His most recent, The Love Affair as a Work of Art, a collection of essays on French writers, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award. He has written for most national magazines and was for eight years a regular contributor to The New Yorker. He lives in the Hudson River Valley area of New York.

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