Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s

Death and the Dolce Vita: The Dark Side of Rome in the 1950s
Stephen Gundle
Reviewed by Lisa Randall
Canongate
Thu, 07/07/2011
9781847676542
£14.99

Captivating from the first page, Stephen Gundle’s Rome is a far more sinister place than the romanticised 1950s image of a golden age of style we tend to believe. A murdered girl washed up on a beach begins the unravelling of a dark and macabre tale that was to captivate the media and resonate deeply with the public. Glamorised by the Hollywood stars of the time, Rome in 1953 had all the sophistication and seduction of the Italian Riviera, but Gundle’s fast-paced romp through history dispels the myths of its ‘old-world’ ritziness and exposes it as a hotbed of sex, cover-ups and corruption. A tragic case, long-forgotten, has been skilfully resurrected in this brilliant exposé of murder and scandal.

True crime

Books in this genre

Naming Jack the Ripper
Russell Edwards
Review by Paul Begg
Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with Rupert Murdoch
Nick Davies
Review by Sinead Fitzgibbon
The Good Nurse
Charles Graeber
Review by Tara Hepburn
Injustice
Clive Stafford Smith
Review by Steve Hurley
  • x
  • x