Street Fight in Naples: A City's Unseen History Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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Remarkable ... [an] atmospheric and erudite portrait of a fascinating city (Sunday Times)
Finely crafted ... offers is a vivid sense of the infinite layers in a city older than Rome that was once the biggest in Western Europe (The Economist)
Never fails to take one's breath away (Financial Times)
Robb joyfully flouts the staid chronology of the conventional historian ... I have rarely read a more vivid account of the city's often menacing claims on a visitor (Times Literary Supplement)
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A travel guide it is not. And if you have not been to the city itself the way the material is organised may appear bizarre. But Peter Robb is our guide into the art of several key figures, Caravaggio, Boccaccio and others, whose work is in Naples. This device is his the entrance into the many facets of Napoli to show that which may not seen by a casual visitor or tourist.
Whilst it took a while to see what he was getting at and, yes it will have you consulting other sources, I enjoyed this approach to the city of Naples. So, rather than tales and facts about the conventions of historical buildings or political figures or the usual kinds of events that make up a tourist guide or history book, by his approach I was forced to think again about how history of a place is told. Why not tell the story of the place and its people through works of art and the artists who made them? This introduces us to the living tradition of the people of Naples, and their relationship to power and those who have ruled there. It shows the city itself is a work of art of those who have lived there and continue to live there.
The street fight might appear to be an argument between two Neapolitan women in present day but this will lead you to Piazza Mercato and the revolt of 1647, and where Pagano was hung after the revolution of 1799. You will go and visit there on your next visit, I did!
Without the meandering fog of many who try to do 'psychogeography' Peter Robb manages to carry the present, past and even the future of this wonderful place. If you love Naples try it, this book is worthy of the city.
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I am a big fan of Peter Robb's books with there eclectic and jumbled mix of history, politics, food and art. However Street fight in Naples didn't hit really hit the mark for me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nico
It arrived promptly and in excellent condition. This book was not easy reading and contained a lot of facts and figures about little known characters of the past. Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by celia cusworth
I lived as a student in Naples and unfortunately did not realise that this is a book about art; not the very colorfull things that go on in Naples.Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by Nino Bixio