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Why are you so fat?

Bee Wilson: Coco Chanel

7 January 2010
Perfumes: The A-Z Guide 
by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez.
Profile, 620 pp., £12.99, October 2009, 978 1 84668 127 1
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Chanel: Her Life, Her World, The Woman behind the Legend 
by Edmonde Charles-Roux, translated by Nancy Amphoux.
MacLehose, 428 pp., £14.99, June 2009, 978 1 906694 24 1
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The Allure of Chanel 
by Paul Morand, translated by Euan Cameron.
Pushkin, 181 pp., £12, September 2009, 978 1 901285 98 7
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Coco before Chanel 
directed by Anne Fontaine.
July 2009
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... the first to move beyond perfume which smelled of something to perfume which smelled of pure fashion. In Perfumes: The A-Z Guide, which reviews perfumes as if they were works of art (which they are), LucaTurin compares No. 5 to a Brancusi sculpture: Alone among fragrances known to me, it gives the irresistible impression of a smooth, continuously curved, gold-coloured volume that stretches ...

This Modern Mafia

Jonathan Steinberg

7 October 1982
... that regional rights have been invaded. The 1950s and 1960s brought the ‘great transformation’ of the Italian South. Millions of poor peasants moved north to the industrial triangle of Genoa-Turin-Milan or sought work in Northern Europe. Traditional rural society crumbled and collapsed. Italy began a Japanese-style industrialisation with real rates of growth of up to 10 per cent per annum. The ...
12 March 2009
... on the structures of Italian industry, of which he was the author of a famous study. In the next generation, he found a gifted successor in Raniero Panzieri, a PSI militant who, having shifted to Turin, started to investigate the condition of factory workers in the Fiat plants, gathering round his enterprise a group of younger intellectuals, many (Antonio Negri among them) but not all originally ...

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