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Italians

ISBN-10: 0684825007
ISBN-13: 9780684825007
Edition: 1996
Authors: Luigi Barzini
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 7/3/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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.

Luigi Barzini (1908-1984) was the author of an incomparable set of books on the United States, Europe, and Italy, includingnbsp; Americans are Alone in the World , andnbsp; The Italians . He served as a foreign correspondent for Corriere della Sera, and later as a liberal deputy in the Italian Parliament. He was described by the late Cyril Connolly as "a philosopher and master of the English language."

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