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The Pike WINNER OF THE 2013 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON FICTIONNow Also Shortlisted For The Costa Biography Award 2013, This Is The Story Of Gabriele D Annunzio, Poet, Daredevil And Fascist.In September 1919 Gabriele D Annunzio, Successful Poet And Occasional Politician, Declared Himself Commandante Of The City Of Fiume In Modern Day Croatia His Intention To Establish A Utopia Based On His Fascist And Artistic Ideals It Was The Dramatic Pinnacle To An Outrageous Career.Lucy Hughes Hallett Charts The Controversial Life Of D Annunzio, The Debauched Artist Who Became A National Hero His Evolution From Idealist Romantic To Radical Right Wing Revolutionary Is A Political Parable Through His Ideological Journey, Culminating In The Failure Of The Fiume Endeavour, We Witness The Political Turbulence Of Early 20th Century Europe And The Emergence Of Fascism.In The Pike , Hughes Hallett Addresses The Cult Of Nationalism And The Origins Of Political Extremism And At The Centre Of The Book Stands The Charismatic D Annunzio A Figure As Deplorable As He Is Fascinating.


10 thoughts on “The Pike

  1. says:

    Not the easiest read It s the very convoluted story of a small man with a Napoleonic complex and the money, talent and intellect to try to put his grandiose ideas into practice His ideas included a town run as a fascist republic, with himself at the helm, naturally He was as devoted to poetry, and to aesthetics and the style of the rich and famous as he was to flying planes and his extreme nationalism D Annunzio s very dangerous politics, if not his poetry, inspired Mussolini who easily iden Not the easiest read It s the very convoluted story of a small man with a Napoleonic complex and the money, talent and intellect to try to put his grandiose ideas into practice His ideas included a town run as a fascist republic, with himself at the helm, naturally He was as devoted to poetry, and to aesthetics and the style of the rich and famous as he was to flying planes and his extreme nationalism D Annunzio s very dangerous politics, if not his poetry, inspired Mussolini who easily identified with the evil of the man.Reading the book, sometimes I thought D Annunzio was an amazing adventurer, playboy, devotee of the arts and an altogether wonderful chap to ...


  2. says:

    Generale Gabriele D Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, Duke of Gallese was one of the most bizarre figures to lead an artistic or political movement A contemporary writer compared him to the pike fish It is tough, bony, a difficult catch, and it snatches up its prey with the clamping of its jaws This was how D Annunzio took up ideas, images, movements He was a poet, first, and that is part of what made him famous He was obsessed with Byron, Ossian, and Dante He wrote poems in the style of th Generale Gabriele D Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, Duke of Gallese was one of the most bizarre figures to lead an artistic or political movement A contemporary writer compared him to the pike fish It is tough, bony, a difficult catch, and it snatches up its prey with the clamping of its jaws This was how D Annunzio took up ideas, images, movements He was a poet, first, and that is part of what made him famous He was obsessed with Byron, Ossian, and Dante He wrote poems in the style of the troubadours long before Ezra Pound He was an obsessive self promoter, impressed by the early cult of celebrity around Liszt From the earliest days, he takes care to exaggerate his own personality and the story of his li...


  3. says:

    A long book about a silly man I wondered after a few hundred pages why Lucy Hughes Hallet decided to write a biography of this person, it took me a couple hundred pagesto realise that I could ask myself a related question why was I reading it I suppose the answer in both cases was the same because it s there It felt disturbing contemporary at times, with political figures denouncing the compro...


  4. says:

    D Annunzio was not a fascist, but fascism was D AnnunzianLucy Hughes Hallett explains why she felt Gabriele D Annunzio s was a story worth telling She repudiates the description of him as psychotic and remarks that his pugilistic politicking is all too often reproduced in the contemporary era.Nonetheless, the accounts of Italy s political landscape before and after WWI had my eyebrows permanently reaching for the sky It seems I w...


  5. says:

    It became rather tedious after a while reading of D Annunzio s womanizing and bravado His aesthetic sense was muchadmirable, but I would rather read of the life of, say, Oscar Wilde This from a veteran and worshiper of the female form D Annunzio s companio...


  6. says:

    This is an overly long book written by an excellent in places remarkably fluid writer, but a writer who seems fundamentally censorious of everything her subject did For example, she takes care in the introduction to inform readers that she can write objectively about a notorious playboy warmonger, despite being a female pacifist She also, incoherently, pronounces her opposition to the war in Afghanistan Glad to know Hughes Hallett s work seems remarkably patterned after my favorite mov This is an overly long book written by an excellent in places remarkably fluid writer, but a writer who seems fundamentally censorious of everything her subject did For example, she takes care in the introduction to inform readers that she can write objectively about a notorious playboy warmonger, despite being a female pacifist She also, incoherently, pronounces her opposition to the war in Afghanistan Glad to know Hughes Hallett s work seems remarkably patterned after my favorite movie, Paul Schrader s Mishima bio pic, Mishima A Life in Four Chapters And I can see the similarities a man of letters finding harmony in pen and sword But Mishima was, by far, the better writer, and thedramatic D Annunzio s moment came at the dog ends of WW1, and he died before WW2 On the other...


  7. says:

    Lucy Hughes Hallet s trip through the mind of this twisted, self important little man is a roller coaster ride that never lets up and never lets down D Annunzio was many things deluded, bloodthirsty, narcissistic But he s never bor...


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  9. says:

    When you are planning to write a paper on some subject, you develop a kind of unconscious snobbishness, which had lead me to consider with undue suspicion the realm of popular biographies Hughes Hallet s is definitively a popular biography, and it performed the salutary job of reminding me of how great can those be What is a popular biography, you might ask Well let s look at the present book First of all, no foot notes despite the book being composed of and built around innumerable quot When you are planning to write a paper on some subject, you develop a kind of unconscious snobbishness, which had lead me to consider with undue suspicion the realm of popular biographies Hughes Hallet s is definitively a popular biography, and it performed the salutary job of reminding me of how great can those be What is a popular biography, you might ask Well let s look at the present book First of all, no foot notes despite the book being composed of and built...


  10. says:

    A fascinating read of an intriguing yet repellant figure, full of contradictions, exposed by his own frank diary and letter writing He used his skills as an author and playwright for warmongering and public oratory After the end of WW I, he led a group of followers into the disputed town of Fiume and took over, while the League of Nations were still discussing if it belonged to Hungary, Yugoslavia or Italy Having recently read about post war negotiations in the Middle East in Lawrence in Ara A fascinating read of an intriguing yet repellant figure, full of contradictions, exposed by his own frank diary and let...