The Pike: Gabriele D'annunzio, Poet, Seducer And Preacher Of War

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One man's attempt to build a utopia becomes a story about the birth of fascism.

Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots. Once d'Annunzio's fame as a great wordsmith was established he used it unashamedly to sell his work, seduce women and promote his extreme political views.

In 1915, d'Annunzio's incendiary oratory helped drive Italy to war. In 1919 he led a troop of mutineers into the Croatian port of Fiume and established a delinquent city-state. Futurists, anarchists, communists and proto-fascists descended, as did literati and thrill-seekers, to experience d'Annunzio's utopian experiment.

One man's attempt to build a utopia becomes a story about the birth of fascism.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

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1915, and d'Annunzio risks death when he takes to the air on a daring propaganda mission.

Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots.

It's 1915 and d'Annunzio risks death when he takes to the air on a daring propaganda mission.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

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Peace for d'Annunzio spells disaster, and he looks to further his military ambitions.

Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots.

Peace for d'Annunzio spells disaster and in 1919 he looks to further his military ambitions.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

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Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots.

D'Annunzio transforms the Croatian port of Fiume into a delinquent city-state.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

D'Annunzio transforms the Croatian port of Fiume into a delinquent city-state.

Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots.

D'Annunzio transforms the Croatian port of Fiume into a delinquent city-state.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

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Now an enemy of the state, d'Annunzio struggles to keep his utopian experiment alive.

Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots.

Now an enemy of the state, d'Annunzio struggles to keep his utopian experiment in Fiume alive.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Haydn Gwynne reads from Lucy Hughes-Hallett's biography of this remarkable Italian poet and political agitator whose words triggered riots.

Now an enemy of the state, d'Annunzio struggles to keep his utopian experiment in Fiume alive.

Abridged by Penny Leicester

Produced by Gemma Jenkins.