Dark Heart of Italy An Incisive Portrait of Europe's Most Beautiful, Most Disconcerting Country

ISBN-10: 0865477248
ISBN-13: 9780865477247
Edition: N/A
Authors: Tobias Jones
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Description: In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors. Instead, he found a very different country: one besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia. "The Dark  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors. Instead, he found a very different country: one besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia. "The Dark Heart of Italy is Jones's account of his four-year voyage across the Italian peninsula. Jones writes not just about Italy's art, climate, and cuisine but also about the much livelier and stranger sides of the Bel Paese: the language, soccer, Catholicism, cinema, television, and terrorism. Why, he wonders, does the parliament need a "slaughter commission"? Why do bombs still explode every time politics start getting serious? Why does everyone urge him to go home as soon as possible, saying that Italy is a "brothel"? Most of all, why does one man, Silvio Berlusconi-in the words of a famous song-appear to own everything from Padre Nostro (Our Father) to Cosa Nostra (the Mafia)? The Italy that emerges from Jones's travels is a country scarred by civil wars and "illustrious corpses"; a country that is proudly visual rather than verbal, based on aesthetics rather than ethics; a country where crime is hardly ever followed by punishment; a place of incredible illusionism, where it is impossible to distinguish fantasy from reality and fact from fiction.

Foreword
Acknowledgements
"Parole, Parole, Parole"
"The Mother of All Slaughters"
Penalties and Impunity
The Sofri Case
The Means of Seduction
Pietra and Parola
"Fewer Taxes for Everyone"
Forzismo
Penisola Felice
Notes
Index

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