La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

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La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind by Beppe Severgnini

You won't need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini's 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, you'll 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 chaotic roads, the anarchic offices, the theatrical hypermarkets, the political piazzas. Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From saintliness to sexuality. 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."

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ISBN-13: 9780767914390
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication date: 08/15/2006
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

beppe severgnini is a columnist for Italy’s largest circulation daily newspaper Corriere della Sera and covered Italy for The Economist from 1993 to 2003. He is the author of the international bestseller Ciao, America! He lives with his family in Crema, on the outskirts of Milan.

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La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect antidote to the ubiquitous political negativity surrounding us. His style is similar to Dave Barry and is able to i Introduce the reader to a stunning range of societal evolution with exemplary tolerance, He reads like the father in the  Film a few years ago (Beautiful Life ) who creatively interprets life as a joyous game, never sinister. His writing is a  model not only of touring/traveling but of inclusiveness, of universal acceptance, Worth the read for its heraldry of  how  to how to live beyond paranoia, really really alive to the fragrance of roses, in Italy or anywhere.
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