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A blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose's imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. She writes of the intensity of Sicily, the "commitment to the extreme," where the history is more colorful, the sun hotter, the cooking earthier, the violence more horrific, the carnival more raucous, the politics more Byzantine than other places on Earth, and how much the island can teach us about the triumph of beauty over violence and life over death.

Prose examines architectural sites and objects and looks at the ways in which myth and actuality converge. Exploring the intact and beautiful Greek amphitheaters at Siracusa and Taormina, the cathedral at Monreale, the Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina, and some of the masterpieces of the Baroque scattered throughout the island, Prose focuses her keen insight to imagine them in their own time, to examine the evolution and decline of the cultures that produced them, and to deconstruct powerful responses each evokes in her.

Illuminated by the author's own photographs, Sicilian Odyssey brings exotic and enigmatic Sicily to life through the prism of its past.

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The author explores the ancient island of Sicily, considering the various cultural legacies--Greek, Roman, Arab, and Norman--that have shaped the island's colorful culture and history.

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Synopsis:

A blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose' s imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. Prose examines architectural sites and objects that encapsulate period in the island

Prose writes of the intensity of Sicily, the commitment to the extreme, where the history is more colorful, the sun hotter, the cooking earthier, the violence more horrific, the carnival more raucous, the politics more Byzantine than other places on Earth, and how much the island can teach us about the triumph of beauty over violence and life over death.

Illuminated by the author' s own photographs, Sicilian Odyssey brings exotic and enigmatic Sicily to life through the prism of its past.

About the Author

Francine Prose is the author of ten novels, including Bigfoot Dreams, Primitive People, and Blue Angels, and two collections of her short fiction. Prose's essays have appeared in The New York Times, Harper's Magazine, Elle, GQ, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and a PEN translation prize. She lives in New York City with her husband. 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780792265351
Author:
Newhouse, Elizabeth
Publisher:
National Geographic
Location:
Washington, D.C.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
International Architecture - European
Subject:
Sicily (italy)
Subject:
Sicily
Subject:
General Travel
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Sicily (Italy) Description and travel.
Subject:
Prose, Francine - Travel - Italy - Sicily
Subject:
Travel, Italy
Subject:
italy;travel;sicily
Copyright:
Series:
National Geographic Directions
Series Volume:
2002-211617
Publication Date:
March 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 BLACK, &, WHITE PHOTOS, 1 MAP
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.24x6.54x.84 in. .84 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The author explores the ancient island of Sicily, considering the various cultural legacies--Greek, Roman, Arab, and Norman--that have shaped the island's colorful culture and history.
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"Synopsis" by , A blending of art and cultural criticism, travel writing, and personal narrative, Sicilian Odyssey is Francine Prose' s imaginative consideration of the diverse cultural legacies found juxtaposed and entangled on the Mediterranean island of Sicily. Prose examines architectural sites and objects that encapsulate period in the island

Prose writes of the intensity of Sicily, the commitment to the extreme, where the history is more colorful, the sun hotter, the cooking earthier, the violence more horrific, the carnival more raucous, the politics more Byzantine than other places on Earth, and how much the island can teach us about the triumph of beauty over violence and life over death.

Illuminated by the author' s own photographs, Sicilian Odyssey brings exotic and enigmatic Sicily to life through the prism of its past.

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