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The Serpent Coiled in Naples


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Marius Kociejowski is a poet, essayist and travel writer. Among the books he has written are The Street Philosopher and the Holy Fool: A Syrian Journey (Eland, 2016) and a sequel, The Pigeon Wars of Damascus. He lives in London, England where, until recently, he worked as an antiquarian bookseller.


"A Serepent Coiled in Naples makes for excellent armchair travelling. And it may well tempt one to visit this effervescent if dangerous hive of the South of Italy."-- "Fortnightly Review"
"Kociejowski's book (which takes its title from the Sicilian proverb 'Never fear Rome -the serpent lies coiled in Naples') is one of the best I have read on the ramshackle Mediterranean outpost (and I have read a few). In pages of scholarly but engagingly droll prose, Kociejowski conjures a death-haunted city, where the meaning of life is everywhere connected to what it is to die. . . . A pungent amalgam of reportage and travel, The Serpent Coiled in Naples does Naples and its citizenry proud."-- "The Spectator (UK)"
"At turns hilarious and profound."
--Diana Darke
"Kociejowski's words pulse with the beating heart of this extraordinary city."
--Katherine Wilson

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