Photo of Brescia by Giorgio Baresi used under a Creative Commons license.

Peter Demetz, The Air Show at Brescia (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002).
In 1909, Louis Bleriot, Glenn Curtiss and other early pioneers of aviation flew to Brescia for the Circuito Aereo — the Air Show. Other attendees included Franz Kafka, on vacation from his job with a Prague insurance company, as well as authors Max Brod and Gabriele D’Annunzio, and composers Arturo Toscanini and Giacomo Puccini. Demetz, a professer emeritus at Yale University, captures something of the excitement and novelty of early flight and of an Italy before the Great War that now seems like another world.

Richard Bernstein reviewed the book for The New York Times. Radio Praha interviewed Demetz. Back on August 31, 1909, The New York Times previewed the show.

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