14 Oct Pitigrilli will find a new generation of readers with this new edition translation of his comic cautionary tale flaunting the ludicrous excesses and. Pitigrilli’s classic novel was first published in Italian in and charts the comedy and tragedy of a young man’s downfall and the lure of a bygone era. Pitigrilli was the pseudonym of Dino Segre, born in Turin in to a well-to-do Jewish father and a Catholic mother. He worked as a foreign correspondent in.

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His greatest and truly unlikeliest success is writing about an execution that he doesn’t attend, but eventually they decide it’s better if he not contribute to the paper, his editor worried: Ultimately I think it needed to be fleshed out a bit more.


Even our editor, who has such a clear mind, sometimes makes me sit down in front of him, tries to counteract the bellicosity of those pitigrili moustaches of his by the gentleness of his voice and advises me to give up drink.

But that holds true for any novel especially if it is a satire.

Three doctors are summoned successively, and each has a pitigrillii diagnosis and imposes a different treatment. He sniffed a double dose and considering that he ha I didn’t like the book.

No less than German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was working on a movie adaptation of Cocaine when he died — of a cocaine overdose — in Nulla come la bianca signora fa credere di essere brillanti, ruffiana chimica, sicofante sintetica e adulatrice organica trasforma il rospo in principe e la zucca in carrozza.


The narrator’s irreverent humor does somewhat redeem the lackluster plot though, with an especially memorable scene where the protagonist, a horrible journalist and wannabe playboy, makes up a sensational story about an execution because he’s too lazy to get out of While funny at times, Cocaine just grinds on and on.

Though not of the same stature as other modernist literary collaborators such as Celine, Ezra Pound, or Knut Hamsun, Pitigrilli nonetheless deserves rehabilitation. Pietro Nocera went over to her, asked if he might introduce pitigrillj friends, and invited her to join them at their table.

Cocaine, you’re not Maud, you’re Cocaine, my necessary poison. It was translated into 18 languages.

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Stille noted that the Fascist secret police used intelligence from these conversations to arrest and prosecute pititrilli Jewish friends and relatives of Pitigrilli. From Cocaine to Fascism: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: He offered his services again to OVRA, saying his status as a persecuted Jew would provide him cover. I admit I was confused at first when the started calling Maud “Cocaine”.


Written in ‘s France, this book was banned due to the sex and drugs it portrays. Segre and his family returned to Europe insettling in Paris, from where they occasionally visited Turin. Those four bodies pitigrillk a little metal box, all in the grip of the same addiction, looked like four independent parts of a single monster pitigfilli writhing round a small, mysterious prize, elevating its cheap pharmaceutical crudity to the dignity of a symbol.

Ein paar Beispiele hierzu: He worked as a foreign correspondent in Paris during the s, and under his pitigfilli name became equally celebrated and notorious for a series of audacious and subversive books that were translated into sixteen languages. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Read more Read less. Dino Segre wrote a brilliant nihilistic and cynical satire, wonderfully ;itigrilli much of the state of post WWI Europe with all it’s hypocrisy, bigotryand deceit.

Fuse Book Review: In Pitigrilli’s Intoxicating “Cocaine,” Love is the Drug

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