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Peter Robb Peter Robb i(A30928 works by)
Also writes as: B. Selkie ; Ross Edwards
Born: Established: 1946 Toorak, South Yarra - Glen Iris area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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After spending his early childhood in Australia, Peter Robb was educated in New Zealand. He travelled to Europe in 1971, and worked there for several years. On his return to Australia Robb taught English to migrants and prisoners before again leaving the country. He lived in Naples for almost fifteen years, and has also spent some time in Brazil. He returned to live in Sydney in 1992. Robb has held teaching positions at universities in Melbourne, Finland and Naples. In 2012 he was appointed the first CAL Non-Fiction Writer-in-Residence at the University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales.

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y separately published work icon Street Fight in Naples : A Book of Art and Insurrection Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2010 Z1739852 2010 single work prose travel

'Naples is always a shock, flaunting beauty and squalor like nowhere else. Naples is the only city in Europe whose ancient past still lives in its irrepressible people. Their ancestors came from all over the early Mediterranean to the wide bay and its islands, shadowed by a dormant volcano. Not all of them found what they were looking for, but they made a great and terribly human city.

'Peter Robb's Street Fight in Naples ranges across nearly three thousand years of Neapolitan life and art, from the first Greek landings in Italy to his own less auspicious arrival thirty-something years ago. In 1503 Naples became the Mediterranean capital of Spain's world empire and the base for the Christian struggle with Islam. It was a European metropolis matched only by Paris and Istanbul, an extraordinary concentration of military power, lavish consumption, poverty and desperation. As the occupying empire went into crisis, exhausted by its wars against Islamists in the Mediterranean and Protestants in the North, the people of Naples paid a dreadful price. Naples was where in 1606 the greatest painter of his age fled from Rome after a fatal street fight. Michelangelo Merisi from Caravaggio found in its teeming streets an image of the age's crisis, and released among the painters of Naples the energies of a great age in European art? until everything erupted in a revolt by the dispossessed, and the people of an occupied city brought Europe into the modern world.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year
2011 shortlisted Indie Awards Nonfiction
y separately published work icon M Sydney : Duffy and Snellgrove , 1998 Z1092515 1998 single work biography

A bold, fresh biography of the world's first modern painter As presented with "blood and bone and sinew" (Times Literary Supplement) by Peter Robb, Caravaggio's wild and tempestuous life was a provocation to a culture in a state of siege. The of the sixteenth century was marked by the Inquisition and Counter-Reformation, a background of ideological cold war against which, despite all odds and at great cost to their creators, brilliant feats of art and science were achieved. No artist captured the dark, violent spirit of the time better than Caravaggio, variously known as Marisi, Moriggia, Merigi, and sometimes, simply M. As art critic Robert Hughes has said, "There was art before him and art after him, and they were not the same."Caravaggio threw out Renaissance dogma to paint with dazzling originality and fierce vitality, qualities that are echoed in Robb's prose. As with Caravaggio's art, M arrests and susps time to reveal what the author calls "the theater of the partly seen." Caravaggio's wild persona leaps through these pages like quicksilver; in Robb's skilled hands, he is an immensely attractive character with an astonishing connection to the glories and brutalities of life. (Library of Congress/Publisher link)

2000 joint winner National Biography Award
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