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Pasolini Requiem

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  33 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Riveting, obsessive, impassioned, and scandalous, here is a major biography of one of the great Renaissance men of the 20th century. Pier Paolo Pasolini was uncompromising, homosexual, anti-Fascist, anti-Communist, anti-clerical, even as he yielded to his callings as world-renowned novelist (A Violent Life, The Ragazzi), poet, polemicist, and filmmaker. Photographs. Averti ...more
Paperback, 785 pages
Published November 17th 1998 by Vintage (first published November 17th 1992)
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Mike Lester
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is a thick mother of a book, and by God, it has to be. For anyone wanting to know anything about Pasolini, his poetry, his films, his politics and religious faith, this is the book to read. I'd probably rate this one a five, but I read it while beginning a pretty heavy antidepressant regimen, plus I'd just been unceremoniously canned and the neighbor kid kept throwing firecrackers over the fence onto my porch. So 4 stars.
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"Pasolini Requiem" è la monumentale biografia dedicata a Pier Paolo Pasolini, l'intellettuale italiano che è forse stato il più odiato di sempre. Monumentale per la lunghezza (oltre 1000 pagine nella traduzione italiana) e per la solennità della narrazione. Una narrazione che parte dal fatto più noto della vita di Pasolini - la sua morte.

Le ultime ore di vita di Pasolini sono seguite con cura maniacale, come al microscopio o come un'anticipazione di un ipotetico "Google glass" (a quanto
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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With rigorous scholarship, this biography captures the complexity of Pasolini and his time. Politics and culture are intertwined, as with no other country except Russia. Pasolini saw himself as a writer and teacher. Italy was his classroom. From scholar, poet, philologist, professor, writer, editor, critic, intellectual, polemicist, and, finally, filmmaker, Pasolini was doggedly communicating to the Italian populace.

His early films are reflections of reality ~ the life of the subproletarian, a
Jack Lu
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
It took me a long time to finish this book. It has an interesting start, clear structure, following the works of Pasolini with citations of his poems, but the meat is too dry to get my full involvement—accumulation of facts with little story skill. The author is a contributor of Scientific American, which may limit his potential as literature biographer.
Feb 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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I came across a galley of this before it was actually published, so I've never read the published version. This book would be the best choice for anyone wanting to learn about Pasolini's life.
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