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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Secrets of Rome: From Italy’s popular author Corrado Augias comes the most intriguing exploration of Rome ever to be published. In the mold of his earlier histories of Paris, New York, and London, Augias moves perceptively through twenty-seven centuries of Roman life, shedding new light on a cast of famous, and infamous, historical figures and uncovering secrets and conspiracies that have From Italy’s popular author Corrado Augias comes the most intriguing exploration of Rome ever to be published.
In the mold of his earlier histories of Paris, New York, and London, Augias moves perceptively through twenty-seven centuries of Roman life, shedding new light on a cast of famous, and infamous, historical figures and uncovering secrets and conspiracies that have shaped the city without our ever knowing it.
From Rome’s origins as Romulus’s stomping ground to the dark atmosphere of the Middle Ages; from Caesar’s unscrupulousness to Caravaggio’s lurid genius; from the notorious Lucrezia Borgia to the seductive Anna Auias, the marchioness at the center of one of Rome’s most heinous crimes of the post-war period, Augias creates a sweeping account of the passions that have shaped this complex city: If the history of humankind is all passion and uproar, then, as the author segrefi, “for centuries Rome has been the mirror of this history, reflecting with excruciating accuracy every detail, even those that might cause you to avert your gaze.
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Lists with This Book. Roma ha tante facce quanti sono i seegreti secoli di vita. Augias si interessa di numerosissimi argomenti, e ce li racconta con una scrittura limpida e coinvolgente, a tratti atmosferica. Non posso che applaudire alla passione che queste parole trasmettono. View all 4 comments. Tutti e quattro i libri ri Roma, Londra, Parigi e NewYork sono collezione di aneddoti legati in maggiore o minor misura ai luoghi. Roma attira amore, ammirazione, paura e rispetto eccetera.
Le altre tre non accendono tutta la tavolozza dei colori. Londra non accende proprio. La tecnica narrativa scelta viene spiegata attraverso una citazione che riporto liberamente: I fatti, le gesta prevalentemente scelte hanno toma una seria preponderanza nell’ambito delle sebreti “S” Soldi Sangue Sesso e Sapere, i soliti mattoni della Storia. Nonostante alcune bizzarre teorie sostangano che ben altre siano le leve delle azioni umane a queste sto contento e i discorsi coerentemente filano.
Lo sono mooooolto meno se ad esempio auhias parla di Roma. Nonostante un altro citato chiamato in forza abbia definito il Tevere e limitrofe un rio giallastro case ecc muri ecc.
Continuo a pensare che certi edifici siano belli in se, indipendentemente dalla storia passata o no fra le pareti e nei cortili. Sep 17, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: The book is a kaleidoscope of vignettes from the history of the eternal city. It like a whirlwind tour covers qugias large variety of sights but only lingers shortly on each point of interest.
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The book is a little scattered and could use a unifying idea or strand to tie all of it together. But is nice in pieces just wish it held together better. But there is too much to Rome’s nearly year history for a whirlwind tour of a single book. Roma raccontata con grande maestria, come sempre lui sa fare. Roma e i suoi lati sconosciuti o meno noti. Apr 19, Natali rated it really liked it. This is the type of history book that can only be written by a native of the city that it is about.
It is a book about Rome, written with soul and introspection. The tone reminded me of Istanbul by Orhan Pamuk. The history of Rome could never fit into one book so Augias chooses the stories that he deems befitting of the city’s personality. Along the way he discusses Caesar, Nero, Michelangel This is the type of history book that can only be written by a native of the city that it is about. Along the way he discusses Caesar, Nero, Michelangelo, and several corrupt Popes.
It is like reading a gossip book about historical figures.
I also loved the use of architecture as a jumping-off point for several stories because in Rome, perhaps unlike anywhere else in the world, art and architecture are propaganda for religious and political agenda. Nov 08, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Ahime, I’ve not been to Rome since then and thus could not put into action all the good ideas in this book to enhance one’s visit.
If you are planning a few days there you really should use this book to review years of history on the very spots. I felt like every chapter had some insights about the history of the city of Rome, the people that have lived there over the years, and the scandals that have shaped it’s story. Even the familiar stories like that of the rise of Caesar had new and different insights that deepened my excitement to revisit the “Eternal City.
You can tell he loves Rome, but he always had to get back to a story that he was telling, and it interrupted the narrative arc by jum I felt like every chapter had some insights about the history of the city of Rome, the people that have lived there over the years, and the scandals that have shaped it’s story.
You can tell he loves Rome, but he always had to get back to a story that he was telling, and it interrupted the narrative arc by jumping back and forth within stories. The whole thing suffered that way to by jumping from the days of the Caesars to Cinecitta to Caravaggio. If they were grouped together by location, or by period I think I would have connected with the stories romaa little bit more. Instead it felt like Augias included personal recollections within the context of the historical bits that didn’t always seem to make logical sense of why they were included.
Sevreti so much of the book focused on the people and places of Rome, I would have liked some illustrations of the buildings, art, du portraits of the people that were at the center of these stories to auvias them to life just that little bit extra. The tales also just come to an end. I foma like the city, it lives on, but it felt like we were going to get some sort of author’s closing thoughts to pull stories together to coalesce the history that ranged over 2, years.
I enjoyed this book, but I didn’t enjoy all of it enough to really recommend it for someone who wasn’t going to be making a trip to the city soon. La mole di informazioni rischia in ogni caso di sommergere il lettore sprovveduto deciso ad incamerare tutte le informazioni. In ogni augiqs un libro che vale la pena di leggere. Augias ci porta a spasso per Roma in varie epoche storiche e riesce facilmente a conciliare storia dell’arte, politica, storia sociale, architettura, antropologia Per ragioni personali ho impiegato quasi un mese a finire questo libro.
Une Rome plus intime en quelque sorte. Pourtant, quelque chose manque cruellement: Jun 20, Garnette rated it it was amazing. Wugias really loved this book, primarily because it exactly suited my needs at the time.
It’s neither a travelogue nor a tour guide. Rather, it’s like sitting down with a Roman friend over coffee or an Aperitivo, listening to him tell interesting anecdotes about his city.
The stories highlight various bits of history and later, as I walked through Rome, I could recognize remnants of that history.
He doesn’t follow chronological order, but of course visitors don’t experience the city that way either; I really loved this book, primarily because it exactly suited my needs at the time. He doesn’t follow chronological order, but of course visitors don’t experience the city that way either; Renaissance palaces are built on top of ancient ruins, medieval churches emerge from the skeletons of pagan temples.
Of course, antiquity, the Renaissance and World War II feature strongly, but stories from lesser known periods were new to me. Those planning a trip to Rome will get a flavor for this amazing city. Augius is an expert on almost every subject that interests me. I’ve been telling myself I should find out more about Rome for five years, but not really knowing where to start.
Mostly annectodtal information but with enough background to provide a framework for future reading. Any visit to Rome cannot but benefit from this book. It provides a complete itenerary to Caravaggio’s churches, Michelangelo’s Moses in S.
Pietro in Vincoli, t Splendid book. Pietro in Vincoli, the Jewish Ghetto, the non-Catholic Cemetary in Ostiense, Ostia Antica, the Via Sacra, not to mention some Church history which will be interesting to anyone like myself who’s never studied it.
An interesting passage about the influence of mythraeism on early Christianity. Also, a detailed account of the events surrounding the Fosse Ardeatine and Jewish deportation and Nazi occupation in general, not to mention the Allied liberation. Fornisce un sacco di spunti per approfondire, se si vuole. The stories in this book span the entire history of Rome: Augias is a masterful storyteller, who doesn’t shy back from instilling moral judgement between the lines.
He writes elegant prose, without fear of using more literary or specialised vocabulary from architecture, religion or art. I found that the more recent chapters resonated most. Maybe that’s because these overlap with Augias’ own lifetime and are therefore described mor The stories in this book span the entire history of Rome: Maybe that’s because these overlap with Augias’ own lifetime and are therefore described more vividly, maybe because I didn’t have as much prior knowledge about Italy under fascism or during and after WWII.
The book also reveals how Silvio Berlusconi managed to acquire his fabulous estate in Arcore spoiler: Jan 11, Lilias rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I read the majority of this book while I was sick in bed one weekend. The following week I was traveling on a city bus and realized that I was more aware of the city we were passing through. It was as though it held more relevance to me since I had read from this book. This alone would have made the book worth reading.