La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind Author Beppe Severgnini
ISBN-10 0767914406
ISBN-13 9780767914406
Year 2007-06-12
Pages 217
Language English
Publisher Broadway Books
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Join the bestselling author of Ciao America on a lively tour of modern Italy that takes you behind the seductive face it puts on for visitorsla bella figuraand highlights its maddening paradoxical true selfYou wont need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgninis fellow Italians In fact Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious To get to his Italia youll need to forget about your idealized notions of Italy Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best worst and most authentic The highway in America a red light has only one possible interpretationStop An Italian red light doesnt warn or order you as much as provide an invitation for reflection The airport where 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for beauty is really a vice Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you with an outdated model Thats the price of gazing upon perfection The small town which demonstrates the Italian genius for pleasant living a congenial barber a well stocked newsstand professionally made coffee and a proper pizza bell towers we can recognize in the distance and people with a kind word and a smile for everyone The chaos of the roads the anarchy of the office the theatrical spirit of the hypermarkets and garrulous train journeys the sensory reassurance of a church and the importance of the beach the solitude of the soccer stadium and the crowded Italian bedroom the vertical fixations of the apartment building and the horizontal democracy of the eat in kitchen As you venture to these and many other locations rooted in the Italian psyche you realize that Beppe has become your Dante and shown you a country that has too much style to be hell but is too disorderly to be heaven Ten days thirty places From north to south From food to politics From saintliness to sexuality This ironic methodical and sentimental examination will help you understand why Italyas Beppe sayscan have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters or ten minutes

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La Bella Figura

La Bella Figura Author Beppe Severgnini
ISBN-10 9780307486875
Release 2008-11-12
Pages 240

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ISBN-10 9781444716986
Release 2007-06-12
Pages 288

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Pages 269

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Release 2007-12-18
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