Genres: italy, history, travel, sociology, cultural, literature
Format: paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 9780684825007 (0684825007)
Author: Luigi Barzini, Joan Emerson
Release date: July 3, 1996
About The Book
In this consummate portrait of the Italian people, bestselling author, publisher, journalist, and politician Luigi Barzini delves deeply into the Italian national character, discovering both its great qualities and its imperfections. Barzini is startlingly frank as he examines «the two Italies»: the one that created and nurtured such luminaries as Dante Alighieri, St. Thomas of Aquino, and Leonardo da Vinci; the other, feeble and prone to catastrophe, backward in political action if not in thought, «invaded, ravaged, sacked, and humiliated in every century.» Deeply ambivalent, Barzini approaches his task with a combination of love, hate, disillusion, and affectionate paternalism, resulting in a completely original, thoughtful, and probing picture of his countrymen.
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