In this highly original book, Camporesi explores the two worlds of feast and famine in early modern Europe.
The Land of Hunger is a graphic and engaging journey into the folk culture of early modern Europe. It will consolidate Camporesi's reputation as one of the most original and imaginative historians of our time.
Piero Camporesi is Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Bologna.
Introduction: From Giant to Beggar: the Colossus and the Man of Naught. 1. The Devil's Carnival. 2. Charlatans, Cheats and Malingerers. 3. The Science of the Belly: Decline and Death of the Myth of Cockaigne. 4. The Land of Hunger. 5. The Witches' Carnival. 6. A Blemished World. Notes. Index