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.
Publication Date: 1 Jul 1996
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication City, Country: New York, United States
Dimensions (cm): 17.8(H) x 11.1(L)
Weight (gm): 330
ReviewsThe New Yorker Searching into every corner of Italian life and scrutinizing every cliche concerning it, from the charm of the people (an illusion, he maintains) to the consolations of la dolce vita (another one), Mr. Barzini has written an invaluable and astringent guidebook to his country.