L'Innocente by Gabriele D'Annunzio
(the Victim) (Decadence from Dedalus)

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Tullio Hermil, a wealthy Italian aristocrat, is bored with his wife Giuliana and finds his mistresses more exciting until he learns his wife is having an affair which rekindles his ardour for her.The drama unfolds with tragic consequences as the characters go about their business with seeming elegance and restraint. D'Annunzio captures the decadent aristocatic world of fin-de-siecle Italy perfectly. L'Innocente, filmed in 1976, is one of Luchino Visconti's finest films, finished shortly before he died.

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Gabriele D'Annunzio was born in Italy in 1863. He published poetry and short stories from a young age, quickly gaining a reputation for his frank treatment of erotic subjects. He married in 1883 and had three children, but separated from his wife and began an infamous affair with the actress Elonora Duse. After stints as a journalist and politician, he enlisted as a fighter pilot in World War I, subsequently losing an eye in a flying accident. He became increasingly nationalistic and politically active after the war, and his views had a strong influence on Mussolini. In 1922 he survived a murder attempt, when an unknown assailant defenestrated him. He died in 1938. Lara Gochin Raffaelli is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Alexander Stille is a frequent contributor on Italy to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, and The New Yorker and the author of several books, including The Sack of Rome. He lives in New York.
Published September 11, 2013 by Dedalus Limited. 100 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, History. Fiction