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The Resurrection of the Body: Pier Paolo Pasolini from Saint Paul to Sade
Italian novelist, poet, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini was brutally killed in Rome in 1975, a macabre end to a career that often explored humanity’s capacity for violence and cruelty. Along with the mystery of his murderer’s identity, Pasolini left behind a controversial but acclaimed oeuvre as well as a final quartet of beguiling projects that signaled a radical change ...more
Hardcover, 424 pages
Published April 15th 2009 by University Of Chicago Press
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This offers very informed and intense close readings of four late Pasolini works - the unproduced screenplay Saint Paul, the scenario Porn-Theo-Collosal, the posthumously published novel Petrolio, and the film masterpiece Salo. Maggi reaches beyond the usual reduction of Pasolini's to a mere critique of consumer capitalism and convincingly interprets the poetry in these pieces. The loss of the Mother who represents a mythical, prelapsarian past; the homosexual who both prefigures and predicts th ...more