Author(s): Origo, Iris,
Binding: Paperback,
Date of Publication: 22/02/2017,
Pagination: 384 pages,
Series: N/A,
Imprint: Pushkin Press,
Published By: PUSHKIN PRESS ,
Book Classification: Autobiography: literary, Memoirs
ISBN13\EAN\SKU: 9781782272663


The lucidly written memoir of Iris Origo, the writer of the bestselling War in Val d'Orcia.

It has only been through my affections that I have been able to perceive, however imperfectly, some faint "intimations of immortality".

Images and Shadows is the story of those affections: for a loving, shy father, who died when his daughter was very young; for a vital, headstrong mother; for friends and family, alive and dead. And for the places Origo lived: Ireland, America, England; the childhood home in the hills above Florence; and her own beloved La Foce - the desolate, deforested estate which she and her Italian husband bought, and into which they poured the energy and patience of their best years.

Iris Origo (1902-1988) is best known as a biographer and war diarist, but in Images and Shadows she writes with characteristic grace, wit and humility, almost reluctantly, about herself.

Reissued with newly discovered photographs, it is both a moving insight into a lost age, and an illumination of the life and loves of an endlessly curious and thoughtful woman.

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