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Daisy Dunn's immediate narrative rediscovers the life and poetry
of Gaius Valerius Catullus, Rome’s first ‘modern’ poet, a dandy who fell
in love with another man's wife and made it known to the world through
his timeless verse.
Famed for his lyrical, subversive voice, Catullus was Rome's first
and foremost poet. Amid the death of the Roman Republic, his life, as
told through his poetry, was beset with love, loss, political conflict
and above all, a desire for escape.
Catullus’ Bedspread follows
the young poet’s journey from his native Verona to Rome, filled with all
the indulgences and sexual, social mores of the time, and then his
lasting affair with the married Clodia, whom he would immortalise in his
poetry. While Catullus and Clodia made love in the shadows, the whole
of Italy was quaking as Caesar, Pompey and Crassus forged a doomed
allegiance. When the older Clodia in turn betrayed Catullus for another
man, the result was his greatest work, Poem 64: the wonderful, mythical
tale of a sorrowful marriage and a lover’s desertion, told through a
picture on a bedspread. For a year Catullus turned his back on Rome,
Italy and love. In his journey of escapism he encountered new geography,
new cultures and at last an understanding that there was no escape,
that yearning for the past, recent or ancient, is futile. Following a
brush with the might of Caesar, and a cunning evasion, Catullus died, at
the age of just thirty.
Drawing on his peerless poetry and
turbulent circumstances, Daisy Dunn’s immediate narrative rediscovers
Catullus the man, Rome’s most ‘modern’ poet – oscillating between the
glorious past and the vivid, sensual present.
Boktitel:Catullus Bedspread. The Life of Rome´s Most Erotic Poet
Författare: Daisy Dunn
Bokförlag: Harper Collins
Daisy Dunn was born in London in 1987 and read Classics at the
University of Oxford, before winning a scholarship to the Courtauld and
completing a doctorate in Classics and History of Art at University
College London. She writes and reviews for many publications, including
The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, and Standpoint, and is editor of
Argo, a Greek culture magazine. She was longlisted for the 2015 Notting
Hill Editions Essay Prize. ‘Catullus’ Bedspread’ and an accompanying
volume of the poems in translation are Daisy’s first books.
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