|New York : Broadmeans Books, 2006.|
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Join the bestmarketing writer of Ciao, America! on a lively tour of contemporary Italy that takes you behind the seductive face it puts on for visitors"la bella figura"and highlights its maddening, paradoxical true self You will not need luggage for this hypothetical and also hilarious pilgrimage into the hearts and also minds of Beppe Severgnini"s fellow Italians. In truth, Beppe would certainly prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and also elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious. To gain to his Italia, you"ll have to foracquire around your idealized notions of Italy. Although La Bella Figura will certainly take you to legendary cities and also scenic regions, your genuine desticountries are the areas wbelow Italians are at their best, worst, and also many authentic: The highway: in America, a red light has only one feasible interpretation"Stop! An Italian red light does not warn or order you as a lot as provide an invitation for reflection. The airport: wbelow Italians prove that one of their virtues (an appreciation for beauty) is really a vice. Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you through an outdated model" That"s the price of gazing upon perfection. The little town: which demonstprices the Italian genius for pleasant living: "a congenial barber ... a well-stocked newsstand also ... professionally made coffee and a correct pizza; bell towers we have the right to identify in the distance, and world with a type word and a smile for everyone." The chaos of the roadways, the anarchy of the office, the theatrical soul of the hypersectors, and garrulous train journeys; the sensory reassurance of a church and also the importance of the beach; the solitude of the soccer stadium and also the crowded Italian bedroom; the vertical fixations of the apartment structure and the horizontal democracy of the eat-in kitchen. As you undertaking to these and also many kind of various other locations rooted in the Italian psyche, you realize that Beppe has come to be your Dante and also presented you a country that "has as well much style to be hell" but is "also disorderly to be heaven." Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From saintliness to sexuality.
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This ironic, methodical, and also sentimental examination will certainly help you understand why Italy"as Beppe says""have the right to have actually you fuming and then purring in the room of a hundred meters or ten minutes." Read more...