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Margaret Visser, 31 October 1996

The Land of Hunger 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by Tania Croft-Murray and Claire Foley.
Polity, 223 pp., £39.50, December 1995, 0 7456 0888 4
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Exotic Brew: The Art of Living in the Age of Enlightenment 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by Christopher Woodall.
Polity, 193 pp., £29.50, July 1994, 0 7456 0877 9
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The Magic Harvest: Food, Folklore and Society 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by Joan Krakover Hall.
Polity, 253 pp., £39.50, October 1993, 0 7456 0835 3
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... Reading this plethora of recent translations of Piero Camporesi’s work is rather like getting a book out of a library and being forced to read only the passages heavily underlined by a previous borrower, together with all the angry or thrilled exclamations peppering the margins. Camporesi is professor of Italian literature at the University of Bologna ...

Pain and Hunger

Tom Shippey, 7 December 1989

Health for Sale: Quackery in England 1660-1850 
by Roy Porter.
Manchester, 280 pp., £19.95, August 1989, 0 7190 1903 6
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Popular Errors 
by Laurent Joubert and Gregory David de Rocher.
University of Alabama Press, 348 pp., $49.95, July 1989, 0 8173 0408 8
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Bread of Dreams: Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Europe 
by Piero Camporesi, translated by David Gentilcore.
Polity, 212 pp., £19.50, May 1989, 0 7456 0349 1
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Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics and History 
by Mary Kilbourne Matossian.
Yale, 190 pp., £18, November 1989, 0 300 03949 2
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... aching tooth, the dislocated thumb, the rumbling appendix. A third study in pre-modern health is Piero Camporesi’ s Bread of Dreams, to which Roy Porter contributes an introduction. Briefly, Porter says that Camporesi ‘possesses great shock value’, especially for ‘the stolid Anglo-Saxon reader’, and that ...

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