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Pier Paolo Pasolini was a critic, philologist, film director, playwright, translator, and novelist as well as a poet. His first novel, Ragazzi di vita (1955; The Ragazzi, 1968), based on rigorous sociological, ethnographic, and linguistic observation, chronicles the wasted street-life of shantytown adolescents through dialogue, flashbacks, and direct intrusions by the author; Pasolini makes original and abundant use of slang and street language. Within three months after the book appeared, the prime minister’s office reported it to the public prosecutor in Milan for its “pornographic content,” and Pasolini was brought to trial. Similar controversies recurred throughout Pasolini’s career as a writer and film director.