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Italian Life by Tim Parks

Title Italian Life
Author Tim Parks
Publisher Random House
Release 2020-07-30
Category Travel
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1473575281
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How does Italy really work? The bestselling writer on Italian culture sets out to answer the big question. There is no world for whistle-blower in Italian, though you can absolutely chiudere un'occhio (turn a blind eye). In all areas of public life - community, education, employment - your connections are everything. From the bestselling author of Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and Italian Ways, Italian Life is a particular reckoning with a beloved adopted country. It takes place in a university in the north. Valeria, a talented young woman from hot, dusty Basilicata, enrols together with thousands of others for a degree course that could take anything between three and ten years to complete, given the vagaries of the system. She has sacrificed a great deal to get here. However, as both Valeria and her rich supporting cast of students and professors will soon discover, there are dark and capricious forces at the institution's heart. Unfolding into a story of power and corruption, influence and exclusion, Tim Parks' compelling new book shows that an education is about understanding the workings of a society - in this case one where family, culture and innovation are shadowed by nepotism, bureaucracy and intrigue. Thought-provoking, surprising and always entertaining, Italian Life is a behind-the-scenes look at a paradoxical country: a gripping account of how Italy really happens. *A TLS BOOK OF THE YEAR**

Title Mafia and Outlaw Stories from Italian Life and Literature
Author Robin Pickering-Iazzi
Publisher University of Toronto Press
Release 2007
Category Social Science
Total Pages 180
ISBN 0802095615
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first of its kind in English, Mafia and Outlaw Stories from Italian Life and Literature is a selection of readings from Italian fiction and non-fiction writers on the subject of the Mafia. Among the renowned writers featured are Giovanni Verga, Grazia Deledda, Anna Maria Ortese, Livia De Stefani, and Silvana La Spina, as well as famous witnesses such as Felicia Impastato, Letizia Battaglia, and Rita Atria who provide personal, often terrifying testimonies about their experiences with the Mafia. It is a historically diverse examination of criminal and outlaw institutions by some of the most significant figures in Italian literature. These newly translated writings show the ways in which Italians perceived and wrote about the Mafia and crime from the 1880s to the 1990s. Among them are stories dealing with the important legends used by the Mafia as sources for their image and ideology, legends such as the brigand and the Blessed Paulists. Some of the fascinating themes discussed are connections between the Mafia, the State, and the Catholic Church; the Mafia and children; women and the Mafia; the Black Hand; and relations between the Mafia and the Allied Forces during the Second World War. Robin Pickering-Iazzi incorporates an invaluable introduction that charts key periods in the history of Italy and the Mafia, and profiles each of the authors in the collection, noting their major works in Italian as well as those available in English. These and other features make this text especially appropriate for courses in Italian studies. Mafia and Outlaw Stories from Italian Life and Literature takes a unique and intriguing approach to the subject of the Mafia, and offers informed judgements about its historical impact on Italian society and culture.

Title Italy s Life
Author
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Release 1951
Category Italy
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Genius of Italy by Robert Turnbull

Title The Genius of Italy
Author Robert Turnbull
Publisher
Release 1849
Category Italiaanse literatuur
Total Pages 332
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Measuring Wellbeing by Giovanni Vecchi

Title Measuring Wellbeing
Author Giovanni Vecchi
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2017-01-13
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 640
ISBN 0199944601
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In 150 years Italy transformed itself from a poor and backward country into one where living standards are among the highest in the world. In Measuring Wellbeing, Giovanni Vecchi provides an innovative analysis of this change by drawing on family accounts that provide engaging insights into life and are the "micro" data that create the foundations for the "macro" picture of variations and fluctuations in the development of Italy. Vecchi provides a nuanced account of the changes. He emphasizes that the concept of wellbeing is multidimensional and must include non-monetary aspects of life: nutrition, health and education, as well as less tangible elements such as freedom or the possibility to exercise one's political rights. The book deals with this polyhedral nature of wellbeing. Among the insights are that Italians succeeded in combining growth with equity, but that the gap between the North and South did not narrow; the while longevity has increased, education has not improved as much as it could have; and that for close to three decades, Italy's virtuous path has come to a halt: the wellbeing of the Italian people is at the crossroads between progress and decline. Measuring Wellbeing engagingly combines a unique dataset and an innovative statistical method that can be adapted to other countries.

From Caesar to the Mafia by Luigi Giorgio Barzini

Title From Caesar to the Mafia
Author Luigi Giorgio Barzini
Publisher Open Court Publishing Company
Release 1971
Category Italy
Total Pages 335
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Luigi Barzini Jr. (Milan, December 21, 1908? Rome, March 30, 1984) was an Italian journalist, writer and politician most famous for his 1964 book The Italians, delving deeply into the Italian national character and introducing many Anglo-Saxon readers to Italian life and culture."--Wikipedia.

Mussolini s Italy by R. J. B. Bosworth

Title Mussolini s Italy
Author R. J. B. Bosworth
Publisher Penguin
Release 2007-01-30
Category History
Total Pages 720
ISBN 110107857X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With Mussolini ’s Italy, R.J.B. Bosworth—the foremost scholar on the subject writing in English—vividly brings to life the period in which Italians participated in one of the twentieth century’s most notorious political experiments. Il Duce’s Fascists were the original totalitarians, espousing a cult of violence and obedience that inspired many other dictatorships, Hitler’s first among them. But as Bosworth reveals, many Italians resisted its ideology, finding ways, ingenious and varied, to keep Fascism from taking hold as deeply as it did in Germany. A sweeping chronicle of struggle in terrible times, this is the definitive account of Italy’s darkest hour.

Every Day in Tuscany by Frances Mayes

Title Every Day in Tuscany
Author Frances Mayes
Publisher Broadway Books
Release 2011
Category Travel
Total Pages 306
ISBN 0767929837
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A recipe-complemented work continues the author's tribute to the region of Tuscany and its people, tracing the course of a year during which she renovated a thirteenth-century house in the mountains above Cortona.

Mastering Italian 2 by Robert C. Powell

Title Mastering Italian 2
Author Robert C. Powell
Publisher Macmillan International Higher Education
Release 1989-04-01
Category Education
Total Pages 357
ISBN 1349198439
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For the person who has a reasonable knowledge of Italian, this book is aimed at learning more about Italian life and language, from authentic sources. A cassette, which accompanies this book, is available.

Cooking Up an Italian Life by Sharon Sanders

Title Cooking Up an Italian Life
Author Sharon Sanders
Publisher Pergola West Incorporated
Release 2001
Category Cooking
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780970298133
Language English, Spanish, and French
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You don't have to live in Italy to live like an Italian. In this inviting collection of meals and memories, well-known food writer Sharon Sanders unites an Italian sensibility to an American lifestyle. She escorts us to the Italy that is in everyone's kitchen. Keenly aware of how sharing food enhances daily living, and in tune with the simplicity people crave today, she shares recipes for complete meals at a glance -- nearly 200 recipes in all -- made from seasonal produce, imported basics, and ingredients found in any supermarket.

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