Death and the Dolce Vita

    Death and the Dolce Vita

    The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s

    Stephen Gundle

    Canongate 2011

    Paperback 410pp

    9781847676542   Product Code: 99957

    In April 1953, the body of Wilma Montesi, a 21-year-old carpenter's daughter, was found on an Italian beach. Soon, rumours were circulating about drug-fuelled orgies involving some of the most powerful men in the country. Stephen Gundle's gripping social history focuses on this tragic case in order to investigate how post-war Rome, busily reinventing itself after the dark days of fascism as a glamorous, sophisticated and fashionable metropolis, had its seamy underside of corruption, exploitation and cover-ups.

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