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The Dark Heart of Italy characters ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors Instead he found a very different country one besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep seated paranoia The Dark Heart of Italy is Om Padre Nostro Our Father to Cosa Nostra the MafiaThe Italy that emerges from Jones's travels is a country scarred by civil wars and illustrious corpses; a country that is proudly visual rather than verbal based on aesthetics rather than ethics; a country where crime is hardly ever followed by punishment; a place of incredible illusionism where it is impossible to distinguish fantasy from reality and fact from fiction. I had been wanting to read this since arriving in Italy and one year later I finally got around to it Tobias Jones provides a fascinating account of life in il Bel Pease without bothering to conceal the nastier bits rather he focuses on them The good Certain things I knew but wasn't sure why ie Berlusconi bad and this book provided me with the why Jones also writes in a very readable style and on several topics football politics television so that the subject matter covers a wide scope of things The bad having lived here for a year the majority of what Jones writes about are things I'd or less already realized myself case in point Italian television sucks Having said that this is still a good overview of Italy and why all the oft made allusions to it as a brothel are actually uite appropriate

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Stranger sides of the Bel Paese the language soccer Catholicism cinema television and terrorism Why he wonders does the parliament need a slaughter commission Why do bombs still explode every time politics start getting serious Why does everyone urge him to go home as soon as possible saying that Italy is a brothel Most of all why does one man Silvio Berlusconi in the words of a famous song appear to own everything fr. Easy reading overview of contemporary Italian politics with a bit of culture thrown in It's journalistic than literary and parses politics than a casual reader might hope for but Jones leaves some wonderful passages scattered throughout to keep one going And the book's now newly relevant with the recent reelection of Berlusconi if your first and final response to news accounts of Italian politics is what the hell this offers as good a place as any to start pulling apart the threads

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The Dark Heart of ItalyIn 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors Instead he found a very different country one besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep seated paranoia The Dark Heart of Italy is Jones's account of his four year voyage across the Italian peninsulaJones writes not just about Italy's art climate and cuisine but also about the much livelier and. If you want to understand modern Italy in all her shame and glory this is as good as any place to start At first while I enjoyed this book I found it rather annoying Yes Italy and Italians are different from Anglo Saxons Pop someone from one culture into another and of course they will they think it is weird It is when Tobias Jones tries to get to the nitty gritty of why for instance Italian politics spawned Berlusconi terrorism and has infamously fractious but has ultimately stultifying politics that I become interested His main thesis is that Italy has an unfinished civil war that started in 1943 with the arrest of Mussolini Now that is an idea that you can run with Italy is different because of its history It is the sum of its past It is not just weirdIn Jones' favour he does love various aspects of Italian culture He loves the food craftsmanship and communal solidarity And football Yes the Italians play the beautiful game beautifully but cynically I would suggest reading the third or later editions because of the postscripts that are really realisations of further complexity He realises that the nepotism and corruption that infects Italian society is also a form of solidarity Most Italians went to the same school in the same neighbourhood or village It is harder to puritanically denounce your old school mate that you see every day than you think Understandably forgiveness is given freelyI was reading a Facebook post from my father's home town of Trieste It was in Italian and my Italian comprehension is shamefully bad but I started to depressingly realise that it was about a homeless Italian woman living in a car because supposedly all the emergency accommodation was taken up by Africans and ArabsHere we go I thought a racist meme appealing to the racist scum This was its obvious trope I also prepared myself for the inevitable left denunciation of the racists lies etc To my surprise the posts were nearly all like I have a room in my apartment that she can have until she gets on her feet My mother is on holidays for two months I just need to contact her first but I know she won't mind if the woman stays etc Italy and Italians are very far from perfect but on an individual level the first response is generosity and that can only be a good place to start from