Only a renaissance man could have described this glorious city in its heyday. And only Carlo Levi, writer, painter, politician and one of the last centurya s most celebrated talents, could depict Rome at the height of its optimism and vitality after World War II. In Fleeting Rome, the era of post war a La Dolce Vitaa is brought magnificently to life in the daily bustle of Romea s street traders, housewives and students at work and play, the colourful festivities of Ferragosto and San Giovanni, the little theatre of Pulcinella al Pincio; all vibrant sights and sounds of this ancient, yet vital city.
Preface. Introduction: Eternal and Fleeting. Translatora s Note. I. The People of Rome. II. The Solitude of Rome. III. The Two--Cent Coin. IV. Sunday Stroll. V. The Helicopter. VI. Apparitions in Rome. VII. The Duty of the Comet. VIII. Elegy to the Mid--August Holidays. IX. Hyperbolic Tourism. X. Killing Time. XI. Points of View. XII. The Power of the Poor. XIII. Brigands and Peasants. XIV. Plants and Seeds. XV. The Steps of Rome. XVI. The Empty Cities. XVII. Girls and Trees. XVIII. Roosters and Nightingale, Singing Together. XIX. Summer Journey. XX. The New Moon. XXI. Saint Lawrence and Saint Paul. XXII. A Child in Flight. XXIII. After the Party. XXIV. Substance and Chance. XXV. Clothes Moths. XXVI. Japanese Toys. XXVII. Soccer and Men of Letters. XXVIII. The Drainage Ditch and the Measles. XXIX. A Boy Stealing a Car Radio in the Piazza Navona. XXX. The Labyrinth. XXXI. City of Brothers. XXXII. Summer Dissolves in Mists. XXXIII. Fleeting Rome. Notes to the Text. Basic Chronology of Carlo Levia s Life. Index.