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I segreti d'Italia by Corrado Augias. Come ha potuto diventare, questa penisola allungata di sbieco nel Mediterraneo tra mondi diversi, allo stesso tempo la patria dei geni e dei lazzaroni, la culla della bellezza e il pozzo del degrado? Get A Copy. Hardcover , Saggi , pages.
More Details Original Title. I segreti d'Italia. Storie, luoghi, personaggi nel romanzo di una nazione. Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I segreti d'Italia , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of I segreti d'Italia. A collection of essays on various parts of Italy and the character of people from Italy for such interesting subject material the book was a disappointment.
I got a tidbit here and there but it wasn't a very compelling treatment of what is usually a compelling subject. Read first two chapters, not for me. This slim, cultured compendium of anecdotes and commentaries about different parts of Italy looks to give us an impressionistic sketch of the country. It is, of course, impossible to "sum up" or even successfully "evoke" Italy in pages, as Augias a journalist, writer and TV presenter concedes, but the resulting mi This slim, cultured compendium of anecdotes and commentaries about different parts of Italy looks to give us an impressionistic sketch of the country.
It is, of course, impossible to "sum up" or even successfully "evoke" Italy in pages, as Augias a journalist, writer and TV presenter concedes, but the resulting mish-mash is engaging and literate, occasionally insightful, and certainly worth a dip.
In fact, it forms part of a series of works by the same writer, usually dedicated to cities Rome, Paris, New York, London, with the latest being Istanbul. Some may find fault with the title, and they'd be right.
This is not really a discussion of secrets or even lesser-known material. While it's true Augias eschews the most obvious items, there is little here that is truly arcane, rather the anecdotes are pitched at a culturally-aware, but not necessarily expert, readership.
The overall feeling is one of whetting the appetite for delving into some of the literary works mentioned he seems to be a particular fan of Stendhal , or reading more about particular places, such as Parma. So, I would hesitate to recommend this to someone looking for a more substantial work about Italy, but rather suggest that its virtues lie in the casual tone and the chattily didactic spring in the writing.
It's short and sweet and interest-piquing. I'm in love with Italy. I don't know when the love affair started but it's been a near constant companion of mine for many years. One day, after the call of career slows down and I can actually breathe, I plan to visit and see all of the sites and sights I've read about in both fiction and non-fiction.
But it's books like this one that generally make me want to visit this seat of Western Civilization even more. Drawing from his own life and other fictional works, Augias creates a memorable sna I'm in love with Italy. Drawing from his own life and other fictional works, Augias creates a memorable snap shot of the Italian peninsula as it was and, perhaps, still is.
There is no "one true Italian" and perhaps there never will be. This melting pot of culture, city-state, achievements, and loyalties was cobbled together under a unification scheme that seemed to do more harm than good depending on who you speak to.
There is a touching kind of honesty here; the willlingness to examine both cowardice and courage in the complex of skein of body politic that has been a bedfellow of this portion of the Mediterranean for thousands of years. From the writings of Renaissance genuises to the plague of German occupation, the author reveals glimpses into a psychological history more than a chronological one. In a time where the Italian national identity is often battered from external forces, it is the moments that are recorded in these hidden histories that show just how everlasting the people of Italy are and will be.
Mar 17, Jan added it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Corrado Augias. Corrado Augias. Corrado Augias is an Italian journalist, writer and TV host. Augias issued a series of crime novels set in the early 20th century and others.
His other works include several essays about peculiar features of the world's most important cities: I segreti di Rome, Paris, New York and London. He is an atheist. Books by Corrado Augias. Related Articles. There are many ways to take action against racism. Read more Trivia About I segreti d'Italia.
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