A Full-length Portrait Featuring Their Manners and MoralsBook - 1996
In this consummate portrait of the Italian people, bestselling author, publisher, journalist, and politician Luigi Barzini delves deeply into the Italian national character, discovering both its great qualities and its imperfections. Barzini is startlingly frank as he examines "the two Italies": the one that created and nurtured such luminaries as Dante Alighieri, St. Thomas of Aquino, and Leonardo da Vinci; the other, feeble and prone to catastrophe, backward in political action if not in thought, "invaded, ravaged, sacked, and humiliated in every century." Deeply ambivalent, Barzini approaches his task with a combination of love, hate, disillusion, and affectionate paternalism, resulting in a completely original, thoughtful, and probing picture of his countrymen.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996
Edition: First Touchstone edition
Branch Call Number: 945 B289i 1996
Characteristics: xvi, 352 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Italians