Falling Palace by Dan Hofstadter
A Romance of Naples

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A portrait of the sun-drenched volcanic city from an American who has lost his heart to the place and to a beguiling Neapolitan woman.

In Falling Palace Dan Hofstadter brilliantly reveals Naples, from the dilapidated architectural beauty to the irrepressible theater of everyday life. We witness the centuries-old festivals that regularly crowd the city’s jumbled streets, and eavesdrop on conversations that continue deep into the night. We browse the countless curio shops where treasures mingle with kitsch, and meet the locals he befriends. In and out of these encounters slips Benedetta, the object of the author’s affections, at once inviting and unfathomable. Weaving the tale of an elusive love together with a vivid portrayal of a legendary metropolis, this is a startling evocation of a magical place.


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About Dan Hofstadter

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Dan Hofstadter is the author of The Earth Moves and Falling Palace: A Romance of Naples (a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir). He has lived in Florence and Naples and speaks and reads Italian fluently. He lives in Rensselaerville, New York.
 
Published February 6, 2010 by Vintage. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Romance. Non-fiction

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A reverie of Hofstadter’s days in Campania is evoked in vibrantly loving terms by the smitten reporter (The Love Affair as a Work of Art, 1996, etc.).

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Originally posted Nov 11, 2005 Published in issue #850 Nov 18, 2005 Order article reprints

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Summary: An evocative story of a man's love affair with the city of Naples and with the mysterious Benedetta had us laughing and crying here at Bookbag.

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