Gabriele D'Annunzio. Translated by Stephen Sartarelli.
Yale University Press: 2011. First edition. Hardcover in dust jacket. Fine.
"Flying a propaganda mission in January of 1916, D'Annunzio was forced to make an emergency landing, and suffered a detached retina in his right eye. In an effort to protect his remaining good eye, his doctors ordered him to remain immobile, both eyes bandaged, in a dark room in his house in Venice . . . While recovering, the ever-industrious "D'Annunzio recorded his own brief thoughts not on leaves but on thin strips of paper, each wide enough for just one or two lines of writing, which his daughter Renata, whom he affectionately called Sirenetta, prepared for him . . . Notturno is a diary of darkness and light, a labyrinthine journey through time as memory, fantasy and hallucination blur in the searing pain of his eye. In a tone that oscillates between lethargy and zeal, he promotes his self-styled myth of the poet as hero, casting himself as a Nietzschean ubermensch, yet simultaneously revealing his doubts and fears."