Camporesi — Bread of Dreams   Leave a comment

Bread of Dreams (Piero Camporesi) – A rambling, at times intriguing account of peasant life in Europe. Camporesi’s uses contemporary accounts to suggest that the combination of hunger (or its constant shadow) and food that was either intentionally or unintentionally full of psychoactive substances (from wild herbs to ergot rust in rye) left the pre-industrial population in an almost constant state of hallucination. While the premise is interesting, Camporesi’s repetition and extremely long citations cause the reader’s interest to lag.


Posted October 2, 2010 by zachmon in Uncategorized

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