ISBN 0 7206 1196 2
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Italian Carousel

Andrei Navrozov

Fifty photographs by Gusov

Unlike the myriad English-speaking itinerants flocking to the Continent since the young Wordsworth travelled among unknown men, Andrei Navrozov writes of people he knows intimately and of social situations he has come to understand from within.

Based in Italy since 1997, now with residences in both Venice and Palermo, he has on occasion described himself as a political refugee from Russia, a cultural refugee from America and a gastronomic refugee from Britain. Yet the theme of Italian Carousel is altogether less flippant: Navrozov asks where in the homogenising and modernising Europe would the hardened individualist find a last refuge? His answer is Italy, or more specifically Palermo, where for the moment his flight from social progress ends.

This answer takes the reader into an uncompromising, occasionally eccentric but deeply personal and always entertaining travelogue; from the author's first day in Rome to his last night at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas, through Monte Argentario, Florence and the Maremma on to Venice and the Veneto and finally to the wilds of Sicily, almost in every case with a sidelong glance at the Moscow of the 1970s, the New York of the 1980s and the London of the 1990s that he has left behind.

To each of these locations he is accompanied by his longtime friend and gambling companion whom he identifies only by surname; Gusov, a Russian photographer whose last published portfolio was said by the British Journal of Photography to ‘capture the essence of life’. Here, rather in the manner of Phiz assisting Dickens, he has produced a collection of fifty arresting images to illustrate the author's ideas, arguments and impressions of the places evoked in this original book.

‘Eccentric, highly opinionated but always entertaining . . . refreshingly non-objective and personal . . . Recommended.’ — Library Journal (US)

ANDREI NAVROZOV is an acclaimed writer, translator and poet who left his native Moscow at sixteen to live in the United States, where he attended Yale University, before moving to the UK.