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In Maremma

Life and a House in Southern Tuscany

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November 29, 2011 | Paperback | 4.8 x 8.7, 141 pages | ISBN 9781582437774
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With stunning illustrations and color photographs, this expanded edition of In Maremma recounts the restoration of a dilapidated 1950s farmhouse in southern Tuscany.

Beautifully written, witty, and concise, it recounts the process by which they became initiated into a part of Italian life foreigners rarely see. The pleasures of the olive harvest and picking wild asparagus are juxtaposed with the vagaries of political corruption and self-perpetuating bureaucracy. Landscape and weather provide the stuff of reverie, as do the benefits of boredom and the longing for peanut butter. A celebration and exploration of a little-known part of Italy, In Maremma is a fond if sometimes critical corrective to other more rapturous portrayals of Tuscany.

About The Authors

David Leavitt is a graduate of Yale University and a professor at the University of Florida, where he is the co-director of the creative writing program. He is also the editor of Subtropics magazine, The University of Florida's literary journal.

Mark Mitchell is a writer, editor, and translator, and the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He is the managing editor of Subtropics, the literary journal of the University of Florida in Gainesville, alongside his partner David Leavitt.

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