April Bookclub: The Pike

Monday 31 March 2014 by

April is upon us, and I thought I would try something a bit different for this month’s House of Blog Bookclub: some non-fiction! Winner of the Costa Biography of the Year 2013 and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2013, I’ve been dying to read this since I heard a podcast with the author…

The Pike, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Biography, Book, Fourth Estate, Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Published by Fourth Estate

The story of Gabriele D’Annunzio, poet, daredevil – and Fascist.

In September 1919 Gabriele D’Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern day Croatia. His intention – to establish a utopia based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was the dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D’Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable. Through his ideological journey, culminating in the failure of the Fiume endeavour, we witness the political turbulence of early 20th century Europe and the emergence of fascism.

In The Pike, Hughes-Hallett addresses the cult of nationalism and the origins of political extremism – and at the centre of the book stands the charismatic D’Annunzio: a figure as deplorable as he is fascinating.

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