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