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Violent and unscrupulous, Punch and Pulcinella obey primary instincts such as hunger, rage and lust, not hesitating to commit the most atrocious murders, until one day they meet. A splatter horror in poetry and pictures that frightens, amuses, and invites readers to improve their knowledge of one of the most important masked types of the commedia dell'arte and of his many incarnations. Stefano Bessoni stages his story in backstreets of London and infamous Neapolitan neighbourhoods.In the sixteenth century, a peasant from Acerra named Puccio D'Aniello and his vagrant comic troupe performed a farcical show recounting the story of Pulcinello - a humanized chicken with a black hooked nose and a squeaky voice. This bizarre character, whose traces can be found in ancient Rome, became the protagonist of many travelling shows, put down roots in many places and diversified accordingly. In England he became a very famous folk character called Punchinello and subsequently Mister Punch, a name inspired by his natural penchant for violence. This intriguing story, rich in cultural layers and supernatural and alchemical elements, is told by Stefano Bessoni in the form of a tragicomic ballad echoing Alexander Pope and Edward Gorey. The text is paralleled by the colourful and original grotesque pictures so typical of the author: funny and horrifying figures with enormous heads, wide eyes and sardonic smiles that show their sparse teeth.
ISBN 9788857607825. Logos Illustrati.