Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. LGBT Studies. Edited by Jack Hirschman. Translated from the Italian by many hands. Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) was a major cultural figure in post-WW2 Italy, well known as a poet, novelist, communist intellectual, and filmmaker. IN DANGER is the first anthology in English devoted to his political and literary essays, and includes a generous selection of his poetry. Against the backdrop of post-war Italy, and continuing through the mid-70s, Pasolini's writings provide a fascinating portrait of a Europe in which fascists and communists violently clashed for power and journalists ran great risks. The controversial and openly gay Pasolini was murdered at fifty-three; IN DANGER includes his final interview, conducted hours before his death, as well as the cryptic litany "What Is This Coup? I Know," which many suspect motivated his murder. Here also are Pasolini's essays on cultural topics like hippies and Zen Buddhism, literary discussions of writers like Italo Calvino, Marianne Moore, and Costantine Cavafy, and even a 1967 interview between Pasolini and Ezra Pound concerning Pound's relationship to the contemporary Italian avant-garde. The poetry ranges from early works written in the Friulan dialect through his later lyric blasts against fascism.
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Pier Paolo Pasolini was born in 1922 in Bologna. In addition to the films for which he is world famous, he wrote novels, poetry, social and cultural criticism. He was murdered in 1975 at Ostia, rear Rome. Author City: Rome ITA