Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal (Paperback)Tim Parks (author)
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'Parks...offers detailed cultural observation, witty yet eagle-eyed, of what makes Italians so Italian' The Times
How does Italy really work?
When Valeria travels from hot, dusty Basilicata to begin her studies in a northern university town, she has little idea of the kind of education she will find there. Italian Life is her story, and that of the students and professors around her: a story of power and corruption, influence and exclusion, and the workings of a society where your connections are everything.
Written with flair and insight, Italian Life joins Tim Parks' bestselling books about his beloved and paradoxical adopted country. It is a gripping, entertaining, behind-the-scenes account of how Italy actually happens, and the ways it can surprise those who know it inside out.
'A satisfyingly truthful, entertaining and provocative comedy' Daily Telegraph
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 25 mm
'Parks is more than just an effortless raconteur: he offers detailed cultural observation, witty yet eagle-eyed, of what makes Italians so Italian' * The Times *
'All Italy is here, its history, its character, its flaws' * Sunday Times *
Refreshingly brilliant... Parks skilfully shows how the rules and the maneuverings within Italian university life mirrors those at work in Italian society... illuminating and entertaining. When Parks takes his reader behind the scenes and into a murky world of favouritism and nepotism, back-scratching and back-stabbing, collusion and exclusion, his narrative cracks up a gear and becomes gripping * Herald *
A satisfyingly truthful, entertaining and provocative comedy that lays bare Italy's difference, as a nation and as a joyful, warm, ever changeable people, tractable by temperament, immovably stubborn in its traditions -- Julian Evans * Daily Telegraph *
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