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Italian Life
About the book
  • Published: 14 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473575288
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

Italian Life

A Modern Fable of Loyalty and Betrayal




The long-awaited new book on ‘how Italy really works’ from the bestselling writer on Italian culture

Forty years ago, Tim Parks made the bel paese his home. Italian Life is his reckoning with his adopted country, an attempt to get to the core of it, to make sense of it, to fold others’ stories in with his own experience – now that he is, in his own words, ‘to some degree Italian’ himself.

The result is an arresting, on-the-ground account of 21st century Italy told through the eyes of a rich cast of characters, among them students from poverty-stricken Basilicata trying to start new lives in the wealthy gloom of Milan, a priest, a poet, a young professor from Padua, and an Englishman who refuses to toe the line.

At the book's centre is a story of corruption and power. But it is also a celebration of culture and history, fact and fable, sacred and secular, ancient and modern: a thought-provoking, surprising, entertaining and even definitive account of how Italy actually happens.

  • Pub date: 14 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473575288
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352

About the Author

Tim Parks

Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. He lives in Milan.

He is the acclaimed author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, In Extremis, A Season with Verona, Teach Us to Sit Still and Italian Ways. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Betty Trask Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the John Florio Prize and the Italo Calvino Prize.

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