Roman Poems. Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Roman Poems

Roman Poems

ISBN: 0872861872
San Francisco, CA: City Lights Books, 1986. First Edition. Softcover. "The Italian film-maker Pier Paolo Pasolini was first and always a poet- the most important civil poet, according to Alberto Moravia, in Italy in the second half of this century. His poems were at once deeply personal and passionately engaged in the political turmoil of his country. In 1949, after his homosexuality led the Italian Communist Party to expel him...Pasolini fled to Rome. This selection of poems from his early impoverished days on the outskirts of Rome to his last (with a backward longing glance at his native Friuli) is at the center of his poetic and filmic vision of modern Italian life as an inferno." (from back cover) A volume of poems by the renowned Italian poet & film director Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975), who was notoriously murdered in the prime of his life, under circumstances that have never been satisfactorily resolved & remain controversial. A City Lights Books production, published as the forty-first number of its iconic Pocket Poets Series. The poems are presented in original Italian opposite English translation by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the founder of City Lights & among those of the Beat Generation who recently celebrated his one hundredth birthday; & Francesca Valente. With an introduction, also in Italian opposite English translation, by the revered Italian novelist Alberto Moravia (1907-1990). Also with reproductions of six vintage photographs of Pasolini, one on front cover & the rest interspersed as frontispiece & between poems. According to Ralph T. Cook's definitive City Lights bibliography (1992), a first softcover edition was issued in 1986 concurrent with a hardcover edition; followed by a second printing of the softcover edition in 1989 that is identical to the first printing without notice otherwise. Therefore, we cannot positively determine if this is the first or second printing, but are inclined to believe it is the first (see Cook, No. 173, pgs. 195-197). We found a complete article neatly excised from the December 28, 1992-January 4, 1993 issue of The New Yorker by the acclaimed critic Clive James, titled "Pasolini: A Star on Fire," partly a review of a then-newly published biography, "Pasolini Requiem," by Barth David Schwartz, but also a lengthy, thoughtful review-analysis of Pasolini's life & work. This enlightening ephemera is included. An essential acquisition for the Pasolini & City Lights Books collector, further enriched by the related article. In very fine condition with only very mild rubbing, scratching & a bit of browning esp. at/near edges of front, back covers & spine; very light wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same; several very small areas of scratches & light staining, spotting at blank lower left side margin of back cover; light, sparse spotting to edges of text block. Interior very fine, virtually mint. New Yorker article in very fine condition, folded once horizontally & stapled at upper left corner, with only small areas of light spot-staining at & near fold at first page only; very light wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of page leaves. Very Fine. [Item #3291]

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