Few writers have known Italy better than Stendhal: he was only seventeen when he first rode south across the Alps in the wake of Napoleon's armies, and he continued to travel and to live in Italy until a few months before his death. Some of his visits lasted only a few weeks, others continued for years, and he spent the last decade of his life as French Consul in Civitavecchia - yet he was never a tourist in the ordinary sense of the word. Italy, for Stendhal, was never a mere treasure trove of ruins, museums and galleries: it was the life of the country which fascinated him, its spirit, the inner workings of its heart and mind. This picture - or rather this living dream - of Italy he created is as fresh and tantalizing today as it was almost two centuries ago.
Stendhal Translated by:
Richard N. Coe Imprint: Calder Publications Ltd Country of Publication: United Kingdom Dimensions:
ISBN: 9780714543451 ISBN 10: 0714543454 Series:Calder Collection Pages: 584 Publication Date: 01 March 2010 Audience:
Format: Paperback Publisher's Status: Out of Print