Ive never read a history book like this before the style is impressionistic lyrical and for lack of a better term goth as hell camporesis thesis is that european peasants of the early modern period were constantly in an altered state of consciousness as a result of hunger illness adulterated food and strange remedies. Download citation on researchgate bread of dreams food and fantasy in early modern europe in a rich and engaging book that illuminates the lives and attitudes of peasants in preindustrial . Bread of dreams is just that kenneth mcnaught toronto star not religion but bread was the opiate of the poor mr camporesi argues food has always been a social and mythological construct that conditions what we vainly imagine to be matters of personal taste bread of dreams food and fantasy in early modern europe piero . Bread of dreams food and fantasy in early modern europe from dymocks online bookstore food and fantasy in early modern europe paperback by piero camporesi. Through a careful reconstruction of the everyday imaginative life of peasants beggars and the poor camporesi presents a vivid and disconcerting image of early modern europe as a vast laboratory of dreams bread of dreams is a rich and engaging book which provides a fresh insight into the everyday life and attitudes of people in pre industrial
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