STORIES FROM THE CITY OF GOD
Sketches and chronicles of Rome 1950-1966
PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
Edited by Walter Siti
Translated by Marina Harss
243pp. Other Press. Paperback, 14.99 [pounds sterling].
Though Pier Paolo Pasolini was born in Bologna (in 1922), Rome was the city where the writer-director in him was born. It provided him with material for the novel that made him famous, Ragazzi di vita (1955), and for his first, great Roman film, Accattone (1961). It was on the outskirts of Rome, too, that in November 1975 Pasolini was found beaten to death and run over by his own Alfa Romeo. An assignation with a rent boy named Pino ("Joey the Toad") Pelosi had gone murderously wrong. Pasolini was fifty-three....