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Pictures from Italy

Charles Dickens - Author

Kate Flint - Editor/introduction

Kate Flint - Notes by

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ISBN 9780140434316 | 272 pages | 01 Jul 1998 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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After Martin Chuzzlewit was published in 1844, Dickens deliberately took a break from novels to travel in Italy for almost a year.

Bored by many traditional tourist sites and repelled by the greed and empty rituals of the Catholic church, Dickens is far more attracted by urban desolation, the colourful life of the streets and visible signs of the nation's richly textured past. He is especially drawn to the costumes, cross-dressing and sheer exuberant energy of the Roman carnival. Although seldom overtly political, Pictures from Italy often touches on the corruption and cruelty of Italian history, the grinding poverty and a sense of continuing oppression lurking just below the surface. A thrilling travelogue which is also deeply revealing about its author's current anxieties and concerns, this neglected work deserves a secure place among the masterpieces of Dickens's maturity.

In this book, writes Kate Flint in her introduction, he presents the country ‘like a chaotic magic-lantern show, fascinated both by the spectacle it offers, and by himself as spectator …’