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Italy Out of Hand: A Capricious Tour


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ISBN13: 9780811831468
ISBN10: 0811831469
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With its genius for art and culture, there is no country in the world as wonderfully civilized (and civilizing) as Italy. But seething below this 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.

So, 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.

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 most of us to comprehend without a little guidance. 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.


From one of the collaborators behind the adored "Paris Out of Hand" comes an equally eccentric, charming, and bizarre tribute — this time to Italy. Full color.

About the Author

Barbara Hodgson is a Vancouver-based writer, photographer, and designer. She is the author of the acclaimed illustrated novels The Sensualist, Hippolyte's Island, The Tattooed Map , and Lives of Shadows as well as collaborator on Paris Out of Hand.

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pen4hire, May 8, 2009 (view all comments by pen4hire)
I love to pick up a book that is beautiful to look at, as well as a joy to read. My dog agreed. She ate the corners off the covers, and being a very discerning dog, earmarked the corners of the pages devoted to Florence.

I also love this book because it has surprises and delights on every page. And by the way, unlike Hodgson's Paris book, the oddities in this book are all true--or at least well circulated myths.
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A Capricious Tour
Hodgson, Barbara
Chronicle Books
Social life and customs
Europe - Italy
Italy History.
Essays & Travelogues
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Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
6.62x5.18x.93 in. .92 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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