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Where Angels Come to Earth

An Evocation of the Italian Piazza

by (photographer) Vincenzo Pietropaolo
text by Mark Frutkin
foreword by Ken Greenberg

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italy, landmarks & monuments
list price: $79.95
category: Architecture
published: 2020
publisher: Longbridge Books
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Where Angels Come to Earth: An Evocation of the Italian Piazza is a stunning visual and lyrical journey through Italy’s piazzas, and a celebration of the richness and diversity of Italian culture. The piazzas featured in this book – some famous, some lesser-known – are still used today by local residents as gathering spaces, reflecting both the grit and beauty of daily life in Italy. The combined creative voices of photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo and writer Mark Frutkin come together to present a poetic and thought-provoking look at the Italian worldview reflected in the humanity and social integrity of the Italian piazza.

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“Italy is indeed the kingdom of the piazza, the ubiquitous city square that is a key element in Italian architecture as well as its social, economic and cultural life – and the reason so many Italian cities today remain civilized places to live. Piazzas offer vibrant, diverse spaces that continually recreate and revitalize the urban environment. Many of them also happen to be extraordinarily beautiful.”

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Contributor notes

Internationally recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers, Vincenzo Pietropaolo is the author of nine books on art and photography. He was born in Calabria, Italy, and now lives in Toronto.

Mark Frutkin is the author of over a dozen books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, several of which are set in Italy. His books have won or been shortlisted for major literary prizes, including the Trillium, Governor General’s, Commonwealth Writers and Sunburst awards.

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Editorial Review

“This book is an enchantment, a beautiful combination of photographs and poetry that makes you long to have a piazza in your own life.” – Elizabeth Hay

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About the Authors

Vincenzo Pietropaolo

Vincenzo Pietropaolo was a city planner with the City of Toronto for over fifteen years before turning to photography full-time. His focus lies in social documentary photography and photojournalism and his projects have taken him to many cities around the world. Pietropaolo is an award-winning photographer and has been deemed “one of Canada’s pre-eminent documentary photographers” by Canadian Geographic Magazine. He and his partner still live in Toronto, ON where they are avid urban farmers in their own backyard.
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Mark Frutkin

Mark Frutkin is an award-winning fiction author whose most recent novel, Fabrizio's Return, won the Trillium and Sunburst Awards and was a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean Region). In 2008 he published a memoir, Erratic North: A Vietnam Draft Resister's Life in the Canadian Bush. He lives in Ottawa.

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Ken Greenberg

Ken Greenberg is an urban designer, teacher, and writer, whose passion and advocacy for the city over the past decades has involved him in virtually every aspect of its remarkable transformation. He lives in Toronto.

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