The Italians

ISBN-10: 0140145958
ISBN-13: 9780140145953
Authors: Luigi Barzini
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The 'fatal charm of Italy' has held Lord Byron – and millions of tourists ever since – in its spell. Yet, beneath 'the brilliant and vivacious surface', what are the realities of Italian life? Few writers have ever painted a portrait of their compatriots as crisp, frank and fearless as Luigi Barzini's. Cutting through the familiar clichés, he instructs us with a cascade of anecdotes and provides a marvellous guided tour through centuries of history. He examines Machiavelli and Mussolini, popes, pilgrims and prostitutes, cliques and conspiracies, Casanova and the crippling power of the Church. Yet alongside the Baroque exuberance and spectacular display, the love of life and the life of…    

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Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Number of pages: 400 Dimensions: 4.37" wide x 6.55" long x 0.75" tall Weight: 0.528 lbs.