A Season With Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of by Tim Parks

By Tim Parks

Is Italy a united state, or a unfastened association of warring states? Is Italian soccer a recreation, or an ill-disguised protraction of historical enmities?

Tim Parks is going at the highway to stick to the fortunes of Hellas Verona soccer membership, to pay a unique type of stopover at to a few of the world's most pretty towns. this can be a hugely own account of 1 man's courting with a rustic, its humans and its nationwide recreation. A ebook that mixes the pleasures of trip writing with a profound research of 1 country's mad, mad means of holding itself entertained.

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What the South lacks in lire, though, it more than makes up for in warm hospitality, ancient history, good food, and pristine beaches. The waters on either side of the boot’s ankle compete for the title of Most Spectacular Coastline: the Gargano promontory’s breathtaking and sparsely inhabited cliffs; and the stunning Amalfi coast, with its jubilant flower gardens and capricious summertime fun. The land becomes more mysterious as you move south into Calabria, Basilicata, and southern Puglia. The dome-shaped trulli (stone houses) and tarantella of Puglia still mystify guests with their Eastern flavor, while the mountain valleys of Basilicata and Calabria retain the same sun-drenched silence they enjoyed in the days of the Greeks.

Turns out, it was actually the mother who killed the child and then herself. The mea culpa that followed was short-lived. Such xenophobes have found an outlet in the Northern League. Once a separatist party fueled by small northern businesses irritated by national aid for the South, the group now has found an easier target in immigration. The Northern League makes a lot of headlines abroad and tends to paint Italy as a country of racists, but the party has lately garnered well under 10 percent of the national vote.

In their early existence, they beat up managers and set their cars on fire. Later, they moved to “the heart of the state,” killing political figures, kidnapping judges and, in March 1978, the prime minister, Aldo Moro. The assailants ambushed his car on his way to Parliament, killed his entourage, and held him prisoner for 54 days. They killed him on May 9 and stuffed his body into the trunk of a car. A number of mysteries still surround the government’s handling of the Moro crisis, just as there were doubts about the real motives behind Piazza Fontana.

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