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Remembering Gabriele D’Annunzio:
March 12, 1863–March 1, 1938
Today is the birthday of Gabriele D’Annunzio, novelist, poet, playwright, aesthete, dandy, playboy, war hero, and the first fascist dictator, who from 1919 to 1920 ruled over the Adriatic city-state of Fiume, establishing many of the political and aesthetic forms followed by Mussolini a few years later.
To learn more about D’Annunzio’s life and accomplishments, see the following works on this site:
- Hakim Bey, “March on Fiume“
- Kerry Bolton, “Gabriele D’Annunzio“
- Gabriele D’Annunzio, “Tristan and Isolde“
- Greg Johnson, “My Ten Favorite Books of 2013“
- Greg Johnson, “Riccardo Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini“
- Karlheinz Weißman, “Right-Wing Anarchism” (Translations: Czech, Spanish)
- Giordano Bruno Guerri, “’68 was Invented by D’Annunzio“
Additionally, Kerry Bolton’s essay on D’Annunzio is included in his book, Artists of the Right.
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Remembering Gabriele D’Annunzio (March 12, 1863–March 1, 1938)
Hey Greg, it would be nice of you to do some top ten book lists again. And it would be nice if you thru in some non hate related stuff!
At an exhibition of contemporary art in Denmark, I came accross this swedish artist who had made a project called “A poet in need of an empire”, wich circles around D’annunzio and Fiume. Theres even a painting up of the very same photo used for this C-C post. From the material of the gallery it didn’t seem apparently WN, but it might be an artists attempt at entryism inside the belly of the beast. You can see the paintings at his website here: http://johanfuraker.com/projects/a-poet-in-need-of-an-empire/
Cyberpunk pioneer Bruce Sterling has a new book out called “Pirate Utopia”, an alternate history in which the head engineer of the titular utopia, the Italian free state of Fiume(!), builds flying boats and fights communism while dealing with American secret agents, including Harry Houdini and Howard Lovecraft. Hitler died saving another man’s life in a bar fight, Wilson was poisoned, and Mussolini has been disabled . . . Sounds like a title for Greg to review.
Here’s a quote by Werner Sombart that applies to D’Annunzio who was an archo-futurist in a dazzling way. Sombart’s quote compares the majestic nobleman to the calculating merchant.
“These are two fundamental types—the man who spends and the man who hoards, the noble temperament and the bourgeois temperament—they’re roundly opposed to each other in all life’s circumstances and situations. Each one appreciates life in a manner that has nothing to do with the other…One man is sufficient unto himself with a gregarious temperament. He is personality incarnate; while the other is a simple unity. One is aesthetic and an aesthete, the other a moralist. One group sings and resounds, the other group lacks resonance. One group is resplendent with colors, the other is colorless….One group are artists (by predisposition though not necessarily by trade), the other are functionaries. One group is made of silk, the other of wool.”
What a man, what a patriot. Italy produced great men; In music, in the arts, politics. Law, Philosophy and in the sciences.
Gabriele stands above them all!
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