In September 1919 Gabriele D'Annunzio, successful poet and occasional politician, declared himself Commandante of the city of Fiume in modern day Croatia. His intention - to establish a utopian state based on his fascist and artistic ideals. It was a fittingly dramatic pinnacle to an outrageous career. Lucy Hughes-Hallett charts the controversial life of D'Annunzio, the debauched artist who became a military and national hero. His evolution from idealist Romantic to radical right-wing revolutionary is a political parable.
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Gabriele d'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
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