Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal (Paperback)
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Italian Life: A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 29/07/2021
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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
ISBN: 9781529112580
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'The best interpreter of Italian ways in Italy' * Sunday Herald *
'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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“Recommended for anyone with an interest in, but little direct experience of, Italian culture”

I fell in love with what I saw of Italy on Channel 4’s Football Italia in the early 90s. It was a naïve relationship based more around drinking espresso in sun-baked piazzas and headlines of Totti, than the true... More

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“A deeper look at Italy”

As a half Italian who grew up in Italy, this was a very interesting book. Having attended university in English-speaking countries, in a way I have always wondered what life might have been had I continued my studies... More

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“A closer look at life in Italy”

Italian Life is a novel with it's roots in reality, the story of Italian student Valeria and English professor James as they navigate the politics of getting on in a private Italian University. Valeria is... More

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