Clurman, Harold
May 1952
New Republic;5/12/52, Vol. 126 Issue 19, p23
This article focuses on the book "Rome and a Villa," by Eleanor Clark. The book is a reflection of Rome in the minor of a complex sensibility. If one is not entirely certain whether the slight uneasiness, or emotionally turbid feeling one is left with in the end, is due to the city itself or to the ambiguity of the author's personality, one suspects that this very peculiarity may be the mark of the book's success. The book is replete with, concrete detail -fountains and urinals, nuns and prostitutes, cats and politics, myriad fragments of the bustling, aromatic, noisy proliferation of metropolitan daily life- yet all of it seems strangely transformed into a kind of nebulous nothingness.


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