Cocaine

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Author(s): Pitigrilli
Original Publish Date: Sep 13, 2013
Product Number: EB00654458
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781939931085
Publisher: New Vessel Press
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Description

A new translation of the Italian novelist's cautionary comedy of excess and despair in 1920s Paris—"this little romp is always a pleasurable one" (Publishers Weekly). Paris, 1920s. The City of Light is a dizzy and decadent bohemia for Tito Arnaudi, a young Italian medical student turned bon vivant journalist. To escape the moralizing of his Italian hometown—or perhaps it was merely a whim—Tito got on a train to Paris without so much as a letter of introduction. Soon enough, he finds employment inventing lurid scandals and gruesome deaths to newspapers. But his own life becomes even more outrageous than his press reports when he acquires three demanding mistresses. Elegant, witty, and wicked, Pitigrilli's classic novel was first published in Italian in 1921 and captures the lure of a bygone era even as it charts the comical tragedy of a young man's downfall. The novel's descriptions of sex and drug use prompted church authorities to place Cocaine on a list of forbidden books, while filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder wrote a screenplay based on the tale. Even today, Cocaine retains its venomous bite.

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