Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

By | December 30, 2017
Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World Author Anthony Doerr
ISBN-10 141657316X
ISBN-13 9781416573166
Year 2008-06-10
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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From the author of the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winning 1 New York Times bestseller All the Light We Cannot See a dazzling Azar Nafisi author of Reading Lolita in Tehran memoir about art and adventures in Rome Anthony Doerr has received many awardsfrom the New York Public Library the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Library Association Then came the Rome Prize one of the most prestigious awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and with it a stipend and a writing studio in Rome for a year Doerr learned of the award the day he and his wife returned from the hospital with newborn twins Exquisitely observed Four Seasons in Rome describes Doerr s varied adventures in one of the most enchanting cities in the world He reads Pliny Dante and Keats the chroniclers of Rome who came before himand visits the piazzas temples and ancient cisterns they describe He attends the vigil of a dying Pope John Paul II and takes his twins to the Pantheon in December to wait for snow to fall through the oculus He and his family are embraced by the butchers grocers and bakers of the neighborhood whose clamor of stories and idiosyncratic child rearing advice is as compelling as the city itself This intimate and revelatory book is a celebration of Rome a wondrous look at new parenthood and a fascinating story of a writer s craftthe process by which he transforms what he sees and experiences into sentences

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