The dark heart of Italy

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Publisher:
North Point Press,
Pub. Date:
2004.
Edition:
1st American ed.
Language:
English
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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.
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9780865477001
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subject_facet Berlusconi, Silvio, -- 1936-, Italy -- Description and travel, Italy -- Politics and government -- 1994-, Italy -- Social conditions -- 1994-, Italy -- Social life and customs -- 1945-, Jones, Tobias -- Homes and haunts -- Italy, Political corruption -- Italy -- History
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title_full The dark heart of Italy / Tobias Jones
title_short The dark heart of Italy
topic_facet Berlusconi, Silvio, Description and travel, History, Homes and haunts, Jones, Tobias, Political corruption, Politics and government, Social conditions, Social life and customs