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DEMOCRITUS JUNIOR TO THE READER.
Gentle reader, I presume thou wilt be very inquisitive to know what antic or personate actor this is, that so insolently intrudes upon this common theatre, to the world's view, arrogating another man's name; whence he is, why he doth it, and what he hath to say; although, as he said, Primum si noluero, non respondebo, quis coacturus est?
Dr Johnson said it was the only book that drew him out of bed on a Sunday morning before he wished to rise and I know exactly what he means. Over a thousand pages of pure unadulterated pleasure, it's one of the greatest books I've ever read, which is why I'm reading it again some 20 years after I first read it.
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The composer Giuseppe Verdi was not a man with particularly strong or sophisticated political views, but he was almost unerringly alert to the mood of his audiences; and when, at the beginning of 1861, just a few months after the extraordinary chain of events that had led, in what many observers felt had been a providential fashion, to the unification of Italy under King Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont-Sardinia and his prime minister, Count Camillo Cavour, he was approached by the Imperial Theater of St. Petersburg to write a new opera, he quickly alighted for his subject on a play that had been written nearly thirty years earlier by a well-known Spanish writer and politician, the Duke of Rivas, Don Alvaro o la fuerza del sino - Don Alvaro or the Force of Fate.

The Force of Destiny: A History of Italy Since 1796 by Christopher Duggan

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"September 2005: Despite the velvet-flocked, gold-leaf splendor of the Metropol Hotel, the enduring fetor of Moscow clung to the drapes and lay thick on the carpet, an incense of fusel oil, boiled cabbage, and ruined pussy."

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