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Author Luzzi, Joseph, author
Title My two Italies [ebook] / Joseph Luzzi
Published New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition First edition
Descript 1 online resource (204 pages) : illustrations
Content text txt
Media computer c
Carrier online resource cr
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references
Summary "A charming, informative personal history that blends the anecdotal, historical, and downright unusual The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, in My Two Italies Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family's dramatic story to Italy's north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family. From his Calabrian father's time as a military internee in Nazi Germany--where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman--to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile clich├ęs about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy. He delves instead into why Italian Americans have such a complicated relationship with the "old country," and how Italy produces some of the world's most astonishing art while suffering from corruption, political fragmentation, and an enfeebled civil society. With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante's poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country's ancient roots. He shares how his "two Italies"--the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined "northern" Italian realm of his professional life--join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love"-- Provided by publisher
Contents Introduction : The witch of Naples -- The southern question. Carnal violence ; Blood pudding -- Little Italies. A family affair ; The fig tree and the Impala -- A paradise of exiles. No society ; Florence after Florence -- Epilogue : The stones of Santa Croce
Note Description based on print version record
Subject Luzzi, Joseph
Luzzi, Joseph -- Family
Regionalism -- Italy, Southern
Regionalism -- Italy, Northern
Italian Americans -- Ethnic identity
Italian Americans -- History
Italianists -- Italy -- Biography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural.
HISTORY / Europe / Italy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture.
Italy -- Civilization
Italy -- Biography
Genre Electronic books
Subject Downloadable file
Alt Author OverDrive, Inc
ISBN 9780374708894 (electronic bk.)
0374708894 (electronic bk.)

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