AN ITAL­IAN IN ITALY Beppe Sev­ergnini

Where Naples Coast & Islands - - Entertainment - by Assia Guardas­cione

RCS LIBRI, 2007 PAGES 240 € 9.90

A metaphor­i­cal jour­ney through “The Boot”. From Mi­lan to Rome, from Naples to Sar­dinia, Servergnini of­fers a self-crit­i­cal, me­thod­i­cal and ironic ex­am­i­na­tion of the way Ital­ians live and think. Ad­dress­ing him­self di­rectly to for­eign tourists, the au­thor guides them in dis­cov­ery of the marvels and con­tra­dic­tions of the “Bel­paese”. From Ital­ians’ pas­sion for food to pol­i­tics, from the rules of the road to its at­trac­tions and all things beau­ti­ful. Sev­ergnini de­scribes Italy as a fas­ci­nat­ing labyrinth. Not a par­adise be­cause it’s too undis­ci­plined, not a hell be­cause it’s too cour­te­ous. A place from which we say that we want to es­cape when we’re liv­ing here, but one to which ev­ery­one wants to re­turn af­ter es­cap­ing. Fash­ion in Mi­lan, the Tus­can coun­try­side, the crowded side­walks of Naples and the beaches of Sar­dinia. A ten­day im­mag­i­nary jour­ney that of­fers read­ers an over­view of an un­ex­pected, sur­pris­ing Italy. “Italy is the land of hu­man na­ture. Ex­plo­ration be­comes an ad­ven­ture. Grab a map”.. and get ready for a mag­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.


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