Could it be that the mysterious death of this quiet, conservative girl was linked to a drug-fuelled orgy, involving some of the richest and most powerful men in Italy? In Death and the Dolce Vita cultural historian Stephen Gundle uses the gripping and tragic story of Wilma Montesi to explore the fascinating contradictions of this most complex country.
Read Full Review. When you are not caught up with the whodunit, you are engrossed by the backdrop of a Rome in convulsion. The term "eroticism of detail" could have been made for this book. To me it seems no more than just another of those juicy Italian scandals that crop up under any and every regime but frustratingly never get resolved.
By straining to find deep significance in it, Gundle makes this book heavy going.
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