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The Volcano Lover

The Volcano Lover

Author(s): Susan Sontag

Location(s): Naples

Genre(s): Historical, Romance

Era(s): Late 18th Century



Sir William Hamilton, English Ambassador is at the Court of Naples in the late 18th century. During his stay, and after the death of his wife he becomes the protector of Emma, his nephew’s erstwhils mistress,then her lover, then her husband. Nelson appears in the book, so does Goethe briefly – life in the court in Southern Italy, with nods to European history.

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‘A panoramic, passionately feminist examination of the changing shape of Western civilisation since the Age of Enlightenment. Sontag’s book is a sweeping, exquisitely detailed picture of Europe in the final decades of the eighteenth...

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