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Better than fiction,
This review is from: Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati (Paperback)
The life of the Marchesa Casati is better than fiction. This biography is marvelously written: you won't get bored. Ever. First of all this is not one of those biographies where the authors waste 5 chapters to tell us the story of the parents, grandparents and all the relatives of the main character: there are just a couple of pages briefly explaining the history of the family and the political and social situation in Italy at the birth of the Marchesa. After that the book goes straight into the life of the Marchesa, from her wedding with the Marchese Casati to her love affair with D'Annunzio and her decadent life style. It's an entertaining biography that drives the reader right into the life of one of the most charming and eccentric female characters in history. Unfortunately, the selection of photos is not the best (many of the best pictures are missing) but this can be easily compensated by the recently published book, by the same authors, called The Marchesa Casati: portraits of a muse, a book of over 200 pages of photos and images of the Marchesa (I have both books and I can say that they are both worth their price).
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