She Seduced Me – A Love Affair with Rome

Author: Mark Tedesco

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“I resisted, but she drew me back. I stayed away, but she beckoned me. I distanced myself, but she haunted me. I even rejected her but she did not abandon me...” This work of nonfiction is divided into chapters in which the reader experiences aspects of art, culture, history and the present through the eyes of the writer and of the inhabitants of Rome, past and present.
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She Seduced Me is that rare book in which the reader becomes part of a magical world in which places, monuments and artists come alive through their stories. In this case, however, that world is Rome and the reader becomes a participant in the ebb and flow of the city and gains insight into why so many have fallen in love with Rome despite its faults.

The journey commences with the reader accompanying the author who, standing in front of Michelangelo’s Moses statue, mouth agape, almost hears the artist scream at his creation: “Speak!” From this an odyssey of wonder begins: what is the story behind the Trevi fountain, behind that rock in the middle of the Roman Forum, behind all those priests and nuns everywhere, behind everything one stumbles upon, wonders about and takes selfies in front of? The quest is to uncover those stories.

Author and reader continue to explore the life in the piazzas, experience camaraderie with street performers, see history through all the senses, get lost in Rome, observe Americans and foreigners, discover unique places to eat, speak with Romans, explore the houses of Nero, Augustus and Livia, encounter Caravaggio and chats with expats.

This work is a virtual tour through a magical city that educates and enthralls.

Pages: 160 pages

Publishing Date: November 2020

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-04-6

Category: Travel Fiction

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“I resisted, but she drew me back. I stayed away, but she beckoned me. I distanced myself, but she haunted me. I even rejected her but she did not abandon me...” This work of nonfiction is divided into chapters in which the reader experiences aspects of art, culture, history and the present through the eyes of the writer and of the inhabitants of Rome, past and present.
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She Seduced Me is that rare book in which the reader becomes part of a magical world in which places, monuments and artists come alive through their stories. In this case, however, that world is Rome and the reader becomes a participant in the ebb and flow of the city and gains insight into why so many have fallen in love with Rome despite its faults.

The journey commences with the reader accompanying the author who, standing in front of Michelangelo’s Moses statue, mouth agape, almost hears the artist scream at his creation: “Speak!” From this an odyssey of wonder begins: what is the story behind the Trevi fountain, behind that rock in the middle of the Roman Forum, behind all those priests and nuns everywhere, behind everything one stumbles upon, wonders about and takes selfies in front of? The quest is to uncover those stories.

Author and reader continue to explore the life in the piazzas, experience camaraderie with street performers, see history through all the senses, get lost in Rome, observe Americans and foreigners, discover unique places to eat, speak with Romans, explore the houses of Nero, Augustus and Livia, encounter Caravaggio and chats with expats.

This work is a virtual tour through a magical city that educates and enthralls.

SKU: 978-1-913680-04-6 Categories: , , Tags: , , ,
Pages: 160 pages

Publishing Date: November 2020

Dimensions: 13.5 x 21 cm

Type: Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-913680-04-6

Category: Travel Fiction

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About the Author:

Mark Tedesco, author of That Undeniable Longing, I am John I am Paul, Lessons and Beliefs, The Dog on the Acropolis and Loving Hoping Believing, is an educator and author living in Los Angeles. His latest work is entitled She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome. Mark lived in Rome for eight years and maintains a strong bond with, and passion for, the city. The author loves to engage his students in his love for history, literature and travel.

Praise:

...Tedesco is at his best when he is describing places and people from history. He has a talent for putting himself in the time period and he takes the reader along with him. His interpretations are lively and he makes you feel as though he was there and knew how it felt.

... This book is like antipasti, the starter of an Italian meal. It will whet your appetite to dig deeper and find out more about the people and history of Rome. It will immerse you in Roman culture for a few happy hours until such time as we can all safely travel once again.

-Tina Gordon, author of Hardscrabble Way

She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome, written by Mark Tedesco, is truly a beautiful book to read. Tedesco takes the reader to little-known places in Rome, and he brings these places to life with his charming writing style.

If you’re looking for your typical boring travel book, you have come to the wrong place. She Seduced Me is a book filled with Rome’s rich history, art, and its fabulous eateries, written by a man who, through his words, the reader senses he truly loves this city. He will take you to out of the way places within Rome that you might not find on your own. Tedesco not only shares his love of Rome, but he also shares the people of Rome.

Tedesco gives Rome a voice, not just his own, but the people of Rome. Whether they are a native of Rome or the expats that flock to Rome looking for more out of life. Tedesco has done his homework; he has taken the time to interview people from all walks of life for this book. From the artists and street performers who are struggling to survive. To the Romans who have lived in Rome all their lives to the expats that are taking the chance of a lifetime by moving to Rome.

-Page Turner Reviews

This short volume about Rome is effusive and the author is clearly passionate about the city. He is keen to introduce his readers to Rome from a variety of different perspectives, delving under the facade of the city, drilling down to its real heart.

Each chapter offers a unique insight into history, culture, people’s lives and religion. The author first went to Rome as a seminarian in his late teenage years. This enabled him to gain understanding of the religious ley lines of the city and from there he goes on to build his book, referencing his 8 years of personal experience living in the city.

He conveys very well the polar opposites of dis-ease and acceptance, how the modern city has to accommodate the ancient ruins that each year attract millions of tourists. He interviews locals and foreigners who have been drawn to the city, and across several chapters he poses questions to delve deeper into the people, their psyche and the city. There are several interviews, some of which are quite insightful, others offer one sentence responses. At some level it somehow reminded me of dialogue one might experience in a foreign language class.

Tina for the Trip Fiction Team

She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome, by Mark Tedesco touched the wonderer in me in a big way. One of the things that I liked most about James Mitchener was his attention to backstory, the people, and locations. He always told more than the story he was narrating. Tedesco does the same, only it was his story that was being told. Having Mark go into depth about the history of the people, the art, and the splendid architecture of Rome made his story about his living in Rome for eight years all the more real. His was an emotional journey and he related it with style. I would have gladly read another few hundred pages if I had the chance. This combined story, travel log, adventure was right up my alley. I will read more of his books. I’ve already bought The Dog On The Acropolis and will start it as soon as I have a few minutes. I highly recommend that you let Mark Tedesco take you an emotion filled and truly touching trip through the backstories of Rome with She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome. I predict that you won’t regret it.
Jeff Bailey, Author of Not on My Watch

As a Roman of "at least seven generations" I could not present Rome, the Romans and the arts, new or modern, better than you did in this masterpiece. This is the "Rome" where I was born and raised and, of course, always fell in love.

Thanks for the stupendous work.

— Francesco Cristadoro

I just finished reading Marco Tedesco’s wonderful book on Rome She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome, and I enjoyed it very much. First of all, since I have not been able to go to Rome since the summer 2019 due to the Covid crisis, reading it was like spending some time there again. And like the author of the book, when I am in Rome, I love to walk around and explore this great city!

I really liked the interviews of the people living in Rome; I found them very interesting and informative, and it is something I have not found in other books on Rome.

I will definitely go those restaurants he mentioned in detail in book! I have spent much time Rome over the past fifteen years, I did not even know they existed!

I also liked very much his sense of humor, and his self-deprecating humor. And he did this without denigrating the Romans and Italians he met, and if fact, he shows how much he loves them and their culture.

I also enjoyed the fact he also talks about less noted sites of Rome (especially for many Americans), such as the Museo Altemps and Ostia Antica.

The author talks about his taking the Italian language tour of Domus Aurea because the English tour was all sold out; the same exact thing happened to me. The lady at the counter asked if I could take the tour in Italian, and I responded to her that I was speaking in Italian.

In short, I highly recommend She seduced me, a love affair with Rome to both seasoned travelers to Rome and to those who wish to take their first trip to the Eternal City!

Jay Grossi, Professor of Italian Studies at University of California

If you’ve ever wondered if there was anything to the magnificent structures in Rome other than their immense beauty, this book is for you. With just the right blend of history and modern-day bravado, Mr. Tedesco paints a sumptuous portrait of just why many of us are obsessed with Rome.

Despite the drabness of a building, you are virtually guaranteed that there is a unique tale to each and every thing in this ancient city. And the stories do not end with the buildings…it is an intimate account of life in Rome, spanning nearly all proverbial walks.

Well-written and inspiring, this is equal parts a personal travel narrative, a history lesson, and an on-the-ground reporting of the gritty glory of Rome. An all-together engaging read, and almost required reading if you are an American traveling to Rome.

Susan Stephens, Goodreads Reviewer

How important is to read a book before travelling? No matter if you have lived in a place or you’ve just toured it for a few days: it definitely IS!

As a blogger devoted to discover Italy step by step, I agree the word seduced suits very well, no doubt Italy is a special country with hidden gems. Only I did not expect the story could capture my interest on a much deeper level.

I realized I was following Mark’s steps as if I were there myself too, at historical sites, at a special dinner, interviewing some locals; I could imagine the two senators spending time at the bath, something I’ve always found hard to reach; and what can those frescoes still say about emperors? I feel encouraged to go there in person one future day!

If I had to choose among the many options in travel literature, this is the kind I would strongly recommend. A good story that invites you to take the chance of a more meaningful experience, an experience that can really light up your heart. After all, what a good traveller always search for is a touch of life, isn’t it?

And in a city like Rome, controversial as well as enchanting, life calls you inevitably to set aside your tourist-self a little, and be open to know the new, the different, to listen, to observe… these are all attitudes we should adopt more, I believe.

I’ve found this book simply an excellent work, fluent in narrative with engrossing atmosphere, and I hope that many more will follow.

Patrizia Zampieri, Goodreads Reviewer

Prior to reading this book, I had expectations of a casual traveler or tourist guidebook. However, She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome, has surprises at every turn and is almost impossible to put down, due to Mark Tedesco’s engaging and captivating writing style. He describes his attachment to Rome thusly: “I resisted, but she drew me back. I stayed away, but she beckoned me. I distanced myself, but she haunted me. I even rejected her, but she did not abandon me.”

Tedesco successfully and inimitably interweaves the genres of memoir and travel to create an unforgettable story of his eight years in Rome. Through his fluid prose and intuitive observations, the author relates how the magical spell of Rome transcends time and distance to influence the hearts and souls of those who are open to its unique culture, found nowhere else on Earth.

Tedesco has written a physical, emotional, and spiritual accounting of not only his personal discoveries of this city, but also narratives of the well-defined characters…emphasizing their diversity yet similarities. As he explains it: “The soul of Rome lies not only in its buildings and stories but especially in its people. As we explore the city’s religiosity, the people in Rome fall mostly into four categories: saints, sinners, weirdos, and indifferent.” He recounts his various experiences and discussions with both visitors and citizens, relaying his heartfelt affection, respect, and good-natured humor.

She Seduced Me: A Love Affair with Rome is all about epiphanies, and is a delightful composition that explicates its soul and essential being as a bridge between place, time, history, stories, religion, and humanity. I had never especially wanted to visit Rome; now I’m avidly checking plane fares! Because of Tedesco’s competent directions and detailed descriptions, I believe that I could comfortably navigate this fascinating city with only a copy of his book.

As he writes, “Churches with miraculous stories, empty roads at night in the Roman Forum filled with the whispers of the spirits of Patricians, slaves and plebeians making their way towards the temples, street performers for thousands of years making visitors laugh, smiling tourists and pilgrims who would not want to be anywhere else, sinners, saints, and weirdos all taking the same strolls down the same roads at the same time. Magnificent. Magical. Fascinating.”

— Sally Stratso, Amazon Reviewer

Does still exist a passionate pilgrim. Moving inside these walls, who can’t perceive air, light, the faintness of the stones, imbued with the obsessive ghosts of time…

—Henry James

As a young man, Fellini films inspired me to want to make films. In 8-1/2, La Dolce Vita, and Roma, Fellini dealt with his “passion for place” that became an artist’s muse. And, for Fellini, Rome was that place that became his mistress, his muse, and the seductress to his imagination. This is also true of author Mark Tedesco, who, with his new book that recounts his time living in Rome, She Seduced Me – A Love Affair with Rome, leads his reader on an idiosyncratic odyssey through the capital city of Italy and western civilization.

Tedesco uses a mix of prose forms to transport the reader back and forth through a bounteous past and the anomalous present of the “eternal city.” The author weaves a narrative with personal stories, morsels from interviews, and imagined fictional accounts to create his very unique representation of a place that has been an inspiration to him and so many others. Rome is simply too vast a subject in terms of geography and imagination for one person to definitively chronicle what exists above and below the city’s surfaces.

For millennia, Rome’s siren chant has called to her the most significant artists, musicians, writers, and minds from across the world. One, of course, is the artist/outlaw Caravaggio about whom Tedesco writes, “It was in that middle ground, between the human and divine, that Caravaggio’s work flourished.” Whether in catacombs or cafes, like Caravaggio’s work, Tedesco’s Rome inhabits that “middle ground, between the human and divine.”  I truly enjoyed this book because of the personal nature of the author’s impressions of indisputably one of the greatest cities in the world. If you’ve traveled to Rome, if you wish to travel to Rome or only want to travel to Rome from your reading chair, I highly recommend She Seduced Me – A Love Affair with Rome by Mark Tedesco.

— Mark Spano

Mark Tedesco loves Rome. He REALLY loves Rome. When you read this book you will find yourself loving Rome too. ...He takes you by the hand and gently leads you through the experience of Rome. He details breathtaking piazzas to explore, food to eat, and the must see places that have such an impact on history.

The opinions of the people he interviews – expats, lifelong citizens, relocated Italians – provide perspective and absolute authenticity . All offer unique opinions and paint the full picture of Rome. Make no mistake, this isn’t a guidebook, it is a description of Mark Tedesco’s favorite place on earth and why he loves it.
— Debbie, waywardreader.com

Book Reviews in English:

https://pageturnerreviews.home.blog/2020/11/28/she-seduced-me-a-love-affair-with-rome-by-mark-tedesco/https://www.tripfiction.com/a-love-affair-with-rome/

https://kimberlysullivan.wordpress.com/2021/01/22/author-mark-tedescos-love-affair-with-rome/

https://my-anasa.com/love-in-rome-an-american-love-story-with-the-city/

https://joanmatsuitravelwriter.com/love-affair-with-rome-she-seduced-me-travel-guide-review/

Book Reviews in Italian:

https://www.laragnatelanews.it/attualita/roma-seduce-con-amore-67057/67057.html

https://www.arenadigitale.it/2021/01/08/mark-tedesco-un-americano-a-roma/

https://www.foglieviaggi.cloud/blog/la-recensione-roma-istruzioni-per-luso-da-un-americano-in-città

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/she-seduced-me-mark-tedesco-un-californiano-city-di-rinaldo-bernardi/

http://claudiocritelli.blogspot.com/2021/02/she-seduced-me-love-affair-with-rome.html

https://storiedieccellenza.it/vivere-la-magia-di-roma-durante-covid/

https://www.imperfettacasalinga.it/2021/03/she-seduced-me-love-affair-rome.html

https://www.modulazionitemporali.it/she-seduced-me-a-love-affair-with-rome-di-mark-tedesco/

https://librispaghettienoci.blogspot.com/2021/04/she-seduced-me-love-affair-with-rome-libro-di-mark-tedesco.html

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