In 1972 on a long summer vacation in a near-empty apartment; in September 1987 to track down the designer Valentino; in 2013 for a winter’s stay which – somehow – finds the author entering one of the most astonishing secret places in the world: three eras, three different approaches, but clearly all from the same hand. As original and provocative as ever, Duncan Fallowell takes the reader through his personal experience of the city on an eerie spiral of romance and comedy and wonder. This is Rome as you’ve never read it before.
About the Author
Duncan Fallowell is an English novelist, travel writer and critic. He has also worked with the German group Can on musical projects and wrote the libretto for Irmin Schmidt’s opera Gormenghast
. His boundary-breaking book How To Disappear: a memoir for misfits
won the 2012 PEN Ackerley Prize for literary autobiography.
Praise for How To Disappear
: ‘Brilliant and haunting’ (Alan Hollinghurst, Guardian
); ‘A masterpiece of refined subversion’ (Stephen Bayley, Financial Times
); ‘He writes like a spikier Sebald, alternating acerbic witticisms with passages of voluptuous description’ (David Evans, Independent
); ‘His prose as good/better than anyone now writing non-fiction. Fascinating stories/people. A must read’ (Susan Hill, Twitter