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Three Romes (Kindle Singles) [Kindle Edition]

Duncan Fallowell
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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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).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2714 KB
  • Print Length: 35 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

More About the Author

Duncan Fallowell was born in London in 1948. He is a writer and his work is controversial. See the 'unofficial' website Re the videos: the first, 'blue' one is called Happy Family (3); the second is called Patricia Highsmith On Love And Fear; and the third is Fallowell and Graham Greene reminiscing about Goa at Greene's flat in Antibes. These and more can be found on the YouTube channel mrduncanfallowell. He is currently working on a new novel and an album of abstract electronic songs. His most recent publication is the long essay 'The Rise and Fall of the Celebrity Interview'.

'How To Disappear' was awarded the PEN Ackerley Prize for Memoir in July 2012

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for 3 Romes 10 Mar. 2014
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Eccentric, idiosyncratic, brilliantly written, immensely enjoyable, Duncan Fallowell's three essays on Rome are absolutely superb and unlike anything else. The first is an account of an early love affair in Rome, the second a hilarious and wickedly observant interview with the couturier, Valentino, and the third a dreamlike visit to the Villa Albani, closed to visitors for many years. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Rome Fires Burning 10 Mar. 2014
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Very stylish evocations of the perennially fascinating city. Fallowell is exceptional in his ability to conjure up personality through deceptively simple conversation, and his evocation of the designer Valentino - together with some deadly gossip about the couturier's hair - is a treat. So too is his exploration of all but unseen Villa Albani ans so too is his slightly overripe account of lust and car crashes in the heat of the summer city. Terrific.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Fallowell 20 Feb. 2014
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This is a witty, playful and humane book, full of happiness, dottiness and sunlight, replete with insight and detail. The perfect antidote to a dreary winter. The most cheering thing I've read in months
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplift factor 18 April 2014
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Well, as I recall, the 1970s were self-indulgent, 80s Valentino was Crufty – and who wouldn’t gasp before an Antinous Room and a fountain in high silvery squirt? I reckon that THREE ROMES romps from a 1970s vermilion Wonderbra through 1980s satin Rigby and Peller to the full furry fig of a faun beribboned and piped. No sports bras here, thank god.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progress of an aesthete 26 Feb. 2014
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This little book is a triptych of both the most gorgeous of great cities and one of the most flamboyant writers of our time. Fallowell evokes Rome of the hot summer of 1972, a fashionable season of 1987and the bell-clear winter of 2012. It is a passage of time in which he has moved from his own sex-charged mid-twenties to the almost archaeological enthusiasms of his mid-sixties. Each of the panels is written in a style reflecting his age and its time; together they create a brilliant striation of contrasts, which resolves itself into elegiac harmony - a grand bellezza indeed.
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