The Marchesa

Autore: Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Editore: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466804408
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A richly evocative tale of a woman's struggle for life and love A triumphant follow-up to Simonetta Agnello Hornby's internationally acclaimed The Almond Picker, this entertaining new novel is an intricate family saga interwoven with violent passions, cruelty, deceit, and the abuse of power. The Marchesa is an eyeopening historical drama about a remarkable woman and her extraordinary family, and the complex, often abusive relations that mark the lives of master and servant, brother and sister, husband and wife. Costanza Safamita, beloved daughter of Baron Domenico Safamita, is a precious but unusual child. Redhaired, gawky, and shy, she is considered an outsider by many on the family estate, but her adoring father makes her sole heir to the Safamita fortune, and then everything changes—for them and for her. Now she must conquer glittering, alien Palermo—where, uncertain of her future, she falls in love with a charming, dissolute young marchese whose sexual appetite she fears she cannot satiate. The Marchesa's brave, unusual story offers an unprecedented woman's perspective on the incestuous hypocrisy of the Sicilian aristocracy during a dramatic time in its history, as the Bourbon monarchy collapsed, the Mafia rose to power, and Palermo's decadent aristocracy began its inevitable decline. These themes are flawlessly woven into the fabric of Costanza's triumphant life, so that The Marchesa becomes not only an unforgettable human tale but a masterly fresco of a vanished world.

Infinite Variety

Autore: Scot D. Ryersson
Editore: Vintage
ISBN: 9780712667517
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The Marchesa Luisa Casati was Europe's most notorious celebrity, and its most eccentric. For the first three decades of the twentieth century she astounded the continent. Nude servants gilded in gold leafs attended her; bizarre wax mannequins sat as guests at her dining table; and she wore live snakes as jewellery. Among those she captivated were Man Ray, Augustus John, Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton and Jack Kerouac. Some became lovers, others awestruck admirers, but all were influenced by this extraordinary muse. Explored in detail for the first time, this is the story of the Marchesa Luisa Casati.

The Marchesa And Other Stories

Autore: K. Swinstead-Smith
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ISBN:
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The Marchesa Casati

Autore: Scot Ryersson
Editore: Harry N Abrams Incorporated
ISBN:
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"I want to be a living work of art."-- The Marchesa Luisa Casati During the first half of the twentieth century, the Marchesa Luisa Casati (1881-1957) was Europe's most notorious celebrity. Her extravagant lifestyle, eccentric personality, and scandalous escapades captivated and inspired some of the most influential artists of her time. She was painted by Boldini and Augustus John, sketched by Drian and Alastair, and photographed by Man Ray and Cecil Beaton, among others. Jean Cocteau praised her strange beauty; Jack Kerouac dedicated poems to her; Fortuny, Poiret, and Erte dressed her. She continues to inspire top designers today, including John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld. The Marchesa Casati is a visual biography, telling Casati's captivating life story alongside the art and designs she has inspired, featuring 200 images covering her lifetime and beyond. Personal family momentos, paintings, sculptures, and photographs, some never before seen, illustrate the artistic and cultural legacy she left behind. Runway images, sketches, and advertorials show her continuing impact on the present-day fashion community. "The Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a Muse explores Casati's heart and soul. It's a wonderfully complete portrait of a style icon, during her life and afterward, lavishly illustrated with more than 200 images, including personal mementos, and the art and designs she has inspired even today." –Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times, September 13, 2009 "The story of the Marchesa Luisa Casati's life resembles a fable for our times. Ryersson and Yaccarino present a compelling collection of images to tell the story of Italy's richest heiress at turn of the last century, whose married aristocratic life and progeny were cast aside to indulge in a dramatically theatrical existence...She emerges a heroine, living the fantasy, all the way to the end." –Glass Magazine "With incredible passion for the Marchesa Casati, Scot D. Ryersson and Michael Orlando Yaccarino have worked tirelessly to create a stunning homage and a visual biography to this legendary woman who continues to inspire fashion and style." --Diane von Furstenberg

The Cruise Of The Marchesa To Kamschatka New Guinea

Autore: F. H. H. Guillemard
Editore:
ISBN: 9781332589999
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Excerpt from The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka New Guinea: With Notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and Various Islands of the Malay Archipelago With regard to the Marc/zesa's cruise in the Eastern Archi pelago I had to contend with the fact that, in many places, that master naturalist, Mr. A. R. Wallace, had preceded us. Nothing could be more fortunate for a traveller, nothing more disadvantageous to an author. The Malay Archipelago may still be used as the guide-book for those beautiful islands, for they have been almost untouched by the great changes which Europe has witnessed during the last quarter century, and I have but little to add to or take from the descriptions of one far more fitted to treat of them than myself. Our stay in the Sulu Islands extended over a period of about six weeks. Mr. Burbidge's examination of the ora of the group,1 together with our collections of its fauna, show that the archipelago is not zoographically separable from the Philip pines. Westwards of the island of Tawi-tawi the narrow Sibutu channel forms a boundary-line from greatly-differing Borneo, which is almost as striking as that shown by Mr Wallace to exist between Bali and Lombok. From the Malay and Papuan regions the Marc/tam returned with a large collection of objects of Natural History. Of these the greater portion were obtained in the large islands of North west New Guinea. One of our chief objects was to become acquainted with the Birds of Paradise in their native forests, and in this we were entirely successful, obtaining no less than seventeen different species. The collection of birds numbered about 3000 specimens, which I have described in a series of papers in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society for 1 88 5. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

The Life Of The Marchesa Giulia Falletti Di Barolo

Autore: Silvio Pellico
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Cruise Of The Marchesa To Kamschatka New Guinea

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The Cruise Of The Marchesa To Kamschatka With Notices Of Formosa Liu Kiu And Various Islands Of The Malay Archipelago Volume 1

Autore: Francis Henry Hill Guillemard
Editore: Theclassics.Us
ISBN: 9781230293332
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...of sunlight fell upon the peaks and threw them out in bold relief against the leaden sky. But, late and cold as it was, the fishing had not ceased, and by the river-side they were cleaning and preparing Kisutchi--the latest salmon that visits Kamschatkan waters. Numbers of the King Salmon (0. orientalis) hung drying in the balagans; many of very large size. The current of the river is rather swift here and at Werchni, and we learnt that it does not usually freeze completely over until the end of January. It would seem as if the severity of the frost were never very great until that month. The snow invariably falls throughout the country in October, or even earlier, but it is seldom fit for sledge-travelling until November. While at Melcova we tried to get some of the reindeer-skin dresses of the country, as we had already felt the cold considerably in European clothes, and knew that at this season the thermometer would sink steadily from day to day. They had none for sale in the settlement, and we had to send over to Werchni Kamschatka for them. These dresses are of two kinds, the kuklankas and parkas, and are merely loose saeques composed of pieces of reindeer-skin beautifully dressed, and sewn together with thread made from the sinew of the animal, just as are the "karosses" of South Africa. They are provided with a large bearskin hood, and are put on over the head without fastening of any kind. The rest of the costume is composed of a pair of breeches of like nature, and boots almost vII. KUKLANKAS AXD PARKAS. 143 exactly resembling those in use in Lapland, --made of soft leather throughout, the sole included. The toe is slightly turned up, probably to keep the feet in place when in snow-shoes, and the boot is tightly stuffed...