Sicily (Eyewitness Travel Guides)

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Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi

By Geoff Andrews

'I comprehend of no e-book in English devoted with such concentration and intensity on Berlusconi’s politics. ... Geoff Andrew's take hold of of political tradition is profound and reflective.' Gino Bedani, learn Professor in Italian, collage of Swansea

'[Andrews presents] strangely penetrating insights ... fantastically written.' Jim Newell, Reader in Politics, college of Salford

Not a standard kingdom explores Italian politics and tradition within the period of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s richest guy and certainly one of its longest serving major ministers. Geoff Andrews argues that the ‘Berlusconi phenomenon’ was once a populist reaction to frequent cynicism in the direction of politics. Berlusconi posed as an ‘anti-politician’, and dependent his allure on his virtues as a salesperson instead of a statesman.

The moment a part of the booklet discusses the numerous competition to Berlusconi. This levels from the anti-global demonstrations in Genoa in 2001 to unconventional protests similar to the Girotondo move led by way of the movie director Nanni Moretti. in response to Andrews, this new associationism has helped rebuild Italian politics.

Finally, Andrews appears to the longer term and, during the examples of anti-mafia protests in Sicily in addition to competition to the Americanisation of Italian tradition, considers the customers for the recent post-Berlusconi Italy.

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Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise

By Philippe Sollers

Jamais ville n'a suscité autant d'attrait et de curiosité que Venise. Il fallait tout le expertise de Philippe Sollers pour nous enchanter une fois encore.

" Venise est une grande aventure historique. Elle peut être aussi une ardour individuelle. C'est le cas ici. Dans ce titre : Dictionnaire amoureux de Venise, je souligne le mot amoureux. Il ne s'agit évidemment pas d'un "guide" (il y en a d'excellents), mais d'une expérience personnelle liée à ma vie d'écrivain. Je suis arrivé là très jeune, j'ai passé chaque année, printemps et automne, beaucoup de temps à marcher, naviguer, regarder, respirer, dormir et m'émerveiller. Venise, voilà son mystery, est un amplificateur. Si vous êtes heureux, vous le serez dix fois plus, malheureux, cent fois davantage. Tout dépend de votre disposition intérieure et de votre rapport à l'amour. L'amour ? Oui, et dans tous les sens : anges et libertinage, structure, peinture, musique, roman, poésie, mais aussi air, pierre, eau, étoiles. Nature et tradition enfin à égalité. Venise n'est pas un musée, mais une création constante. Si vous échappez aux clichés, au tourisme, aux bavardages ; si vous avez réussi à être vraiment clandestin ici, alors vous savez ce que le mot paradis veut dire. Le monde se précipite vers le chaos, l. a. violence, los angeles terreur, l. a. pornographie, le calcul aveugle, los angeles marchandisation à tout va ? Mais non, voyez, écoutez, lisez : voici le lieu magique et futur dont tous les artistes et les esprits libres témoignent. "

Philippe Sollers

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Cry Wolf

By Wilbur Smith

Cry Wolf by means of Wilbur Smith

The 12 months is 1935, almost immediately earlier than international conflict II. The "Wolf of Rome", Italy's military less than Mussolini, is poised to invade Ethiopia, whose military isn't just ill-equipped, but in addition critically outnumbered. desirous to store his land, Emperor Haile Selassie enlists American Jake Barton and Englishman Gareth Swales, risk-takers who either percentage a style for hazard and the fun of event. The undertaking turns out basic: carry 4 old refurbished armored automobiles and Vicky Camberwell, an American journalist, in alternate for a hefty weight of gold. yet quickly Jake and Gareth detect that this is often just the start of a protracted, harrowing trip that might take them from the ocean to the sizzling deserts of Africa to the peaks of its treacherous mountains, the place a dramatic fight to stick alive awaits them...

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Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone

By Stanislao G. Pugliese

One of the key figures of twentieth-century eu literature, Ignazio Silone (1900-78) is the topic of this award-winning new biography via the famous Italian historian Stanislao G. Pugliese. A founding member of the Italian Communist occasion, Silone took up writing basically after being expelled from the PCI and garnered instant good fortune together with his first booklet, Fontamara, the main influential and greatly translated paintings of antifascism within the Nineteen Thirties. In international struggle II, the U.S. military published unauthorized types of it, in addition to Silone's Bread and Wine, and allotted them all through Italy in the course of the country's Nazi career. through the chilly struggle, he used to be an outspoken opponent of Soviet oppression and used to be two times thought of for the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Twenty years after his dying, Silone was once the item of controversy while studies arose indicating that he were an informant for the Fascist police. Pugliese's biography, the main accomplished paintings on Silone via some distance and the 1st full-length biography to be released in English, evaluates the entire proof and paints a portrait of a posh determine whose existence and paintings endure issues with modern relevance and resonance. Bitter Spring, the winner of the 2008 Fraenkel Prize in modern historical past, is a memorable biography of 1 of the 20th century's maximum writers opposed to totalitarianism in all its varieties, set amid some of the most moments in sleek history.

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Between Salt Water and Holy Water: A History of Southern Italy

By Tommaso Astarita

"Lucid, evocative and richly detailed."―Jay Parini, writer of The Apprentice Lover

either the Romans and the Greeks have been drawn to the dramatically attractive coasts and fertile plains of the sector later referred to as "The nation of the 2 Sicilies." actually, all myriad affects that formed glossy civilization within the Mediterranean come jointly in Southern Italy and Sicily. The world's first secular collage was once based in Naples. a number of the components of Italian tradition as we now understand it within the remainder of the world―from comedian opera to pizza―were born within the South. paintings and tune flourished there, as did innovative principles approximately schooling, tolerance, and civic administration.

local Neopolitan and special student Tommaso Astarita supplies us a background either erudite and entire of personality―from the freethinking, cosmopolitan King Frederick who conferred with Jewish and Muslim philosophers (and dared to fulfill with the Sultan) to the fisherman Masaniello who encouraged artists and revolutionaries throughout Europe. within the medieval South, Jews, Muslims, and Greek and Latin Christians may perhaps perform their religions, communicate their languages, and stay in usually peaceable cohabitation. From the 16th to the eighteenth century, Naples was once on par with Paris, one of many biggest and so much cultured towns in Europe. through the Enlightenment, southern Italy captured the eu mind's eye, and plenty of humans traveled everywhere to get pleasure from southern Italy's historical ruins, appealing landscapes, candy track, and sumptuous paintings, marveling on the energetic temperament of the southern inhabitants. The drama and wonder of the sector encouraged viewers to say that one needed to "see Naples, after which die." but destructive photos of the Italian South's poverty, violence, superstition and nearness to Africa lengthy fueled stereotypes of what used to be and was once now not acceptably "European." Goethe famous that he had gladly studied in Rome, yet in Naples he sought after "only to live," for "Naples is a Paradise: all people lives in a country of intoxicated self-forgetfulness, myself included.

From the Normans and Angevins via Spanish and Bourbon rule to the unification of Italy in 1860 and the following emigration of large numbers of Southern Italians, Between Salt Water and Holy Water captures the wealthy, dynamic earlier of a colourful land.

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The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy, Third Edition

By Peter Burke

In this terrific and extensively acclaimed paintings, Peter Burke provides a social and cultural background of the Italian Renaissance. He discusses the social and political associations that existed in Italy throughout the 15th and 16th centuries, and he analyses the methods of considering and in view that characterised this era of notable inventive creativity.

Developing a particular sociological strategy, Peter Burke is anxious not just with the completed works of Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and others, but additionally with the social historical past, styles of recruitment, and technique of subsistence of this 'cultural elite.' He hence makes an important contribution to our realizing of the Italian Renaissance, and to our comprehension of the complicated kin among tradition and society.

Burke has completely revised and up to date the textual content for this re-creation, together with a brand new advent, and the publication is richly illustrated all through. it's going to have a large attraction between historians, sociologists, and a person attracted to the most inventive sessions of ecu history.

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The Flower of Youth: Pier Paolo Pasolini Poems

By Mary Di Michele

The poems within the Flower of juvenile depict the arriving of age and into sexual distinction of the nice author and movie director, Pier Paolo Pasolini. The time of this tale is international battle II; where is German-occupied northern Italy. in contrast to his more youthful brother, Guido, who took up palms to struggle within the resistance, Pasolini selected to assist his mom manage a faculty for the lads, typically sons of farmers, too younger to struggle or be conscripted. the placement ignited an inner conflict that almost eclipsed the old second for the younger Pasolini, a conflict inside among his hope for boys and his Catholic religion and tradition. The e-book is one of those novel in verse together with a prologue and epilogue that information di Michele’s look for Pasolini, her pilgrimage to where and learn into the time that formed him as a guy and as an artist.

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