Scarlet City The: A NOVEL OF 16TH CENTURY ITALY

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 30 aug. 2005 - 368 pagina's
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Although he bears one of the most notorious names in all of Italy, Giovanni Borgia doesn't know his parentage. Hella Haasse uses the Italian Wars as a backdrop for Giovanni's agonizing quest for his identity.

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Review: The Scarlet City

Gebruikersrecensie  - Jane - Goodreads

I picked this up because I was interested in the time period--16th century Renaissance Italy, during the so-called 'Italian Wars'. I liked it very much, although much of it was dark and depressing ... Volledige recensie lezen

Review: The Scarlet City

Gebruikersrecensie  - Red - Goodreads

authors and painters are both part of public domain. once i saw hella in the street. she was old and no glamour was to be seen. the story in this book is about the time of michelangelo in rome. he is ... Volledige recensie lezen

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Introduction
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The Italian Wars
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Pietro Aretino and Giovanni Borgia
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Copyright

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Over de auteur (2005)

Hella Haasse was born in Batavia, the capital of what was then Dutch East India, now independent Indonesia. It is thus understandable why her first novel, Oeroeg (1948), describes the relationship between a Dutch and an Indonesian youth. As the two young men grow up, they gradually become conscious of their ethnic and cultural differences and, in spite of their efforts, nature appears to have destined them to become estranged from each other. Haasse's greatest impact on the Dutch literary scene occurred when her historical novel Het woud der verwachting (In a Dark Wood Wandering) (1948) was published. It was translated into English in 1989. This novel became a classic in its own time. In it the author describes the ever-increasing loneliness of the fifteenth-century Romantic poet--prince Charles d'Orleans, pretender to the crown of France, who wrote most of his poems in British and French prisons. In addition to giving a moving report of the life of a person destined to end his life in utter isolation, Hella Haasse succeeds in presenting her main character in a way which allows the reader to identify with him. Charles's life is interwoven with the lives of all the other people he meets. Haasse's talent for description and narration and her skill with flashbacks allow her to manage the novel's many characters, constructing a microcosm in which each reader feels "at home' and meets people with whom he or she can identify.

Miller is a founding editor of Academy Chicago Publishers.

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