Italian Neighbours

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446485579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 7837


"Am I giving the impression that I don't like the Veneto? It's not true. I love it. But like any place that's become home I hate it too." How does an Englishman cope when he moves to Italy - not the tourist idyll but the real Italy? When Tim Parks first moved to Verona he found it irresistible and infuriating in equal measure; this book is the story of his love affair with it. Infused with an objective passion, he unpicks the idiosyncrasies and nuances of Italian culture with wit and affection. Italian Neighbours is travel writing at its best.

Italian Neighbors

Author: Tim Parks

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802191150

Category: Travel

Page: 280

View: 6318


A New York Times Notable Book: A deliciously entertaining account of expatriate life in a small village just outside Verona, Italy. Tim Parks is anything but a gentleman in Verona. So after ten years of living with his Italian wife, Rita, in an Italian condominium bubbling with Italian life around him, the novelist found that he had inadvertently collected a gallery full of splendid characters. In this wittily observed account, Parks introduces readers to his home, a typical provincial Italian neighborhood with a statue of the Virgin at one end of the street, a derelict bottle factory at the other, and a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in between. Via Colombre, the village’s main street, offers an exemplary hodgepodge of all that is new and old in the bel paese, a point of collision between invading suburbia and diehard peasant tradition in a sometimes madcap, sometimes romantic, always mixed-up world of creeping vines, stuccoed walls, shotguns, security cameras, hypochondria, and expensive sports cars. More than a mere travelogue, Italian Neighbors is a vivid portrait of the real Italy and a compelling story of how even the most foreign people and places gradually assume the familiarity of home. “One of the most delightful travelogues imaginable . . . so vivid, so packed with delectable details.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Old Italian Neighborhood Values

Author: Stephen L. DeFelice, M.D.

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1403362726

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 412

View: 4423


What do the boys reared during the 50s in an old Italian neighborhood in the city of Philadelphia think about modern-day values in America? Why not join us on September 6, 2001 at La Strega Restaurant for their annual dinner to find out?! You should be aware that the boys’ new, first-time guest is a famous New York City madam who has a lot to say. Important subjects such as politics, religion, sex, family stability, divorce, abortion, food and spirits, among others, are heatedly discussed. Needless to say, the dinner guests are not impressed with a number of modern American values and believe that there’s an urgent need to bring back some of the old neighborhood ones. On September 11, less than a week after the dinner, the Attack on America occurred. They all then reconvened for dinner to discuss what impact this would have on American values, if any. It is important to note that many of the viewpoints are politically incorrect and sometimes the rough language of the old neighborhood is employed.

Crime Scenes

Author: Anne Mullen,Emer O'Beirne

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042012332

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 325

View: 7224


The essays in this collection are based on papers given at a conference on detective fiction in European culture, held at the University of Exeter in September 1997. The range of topics covered is designed to show not only the presence and variety of narratives of detection across different European countries and their different media (although there is a predictable emphasis on the novel). It also illustrates the fertility of the genre, its openness to a spectrum of readings with different emphases, formal as well as thematic. Approaches to detective fiction have often tended to confine them-selves to 'symptomatic' interpretation, where details of the fictional world represented are used to diagnose a specific set of social preoccupations and priorities operative at the time of writing. Such approaches can yield valuable insights. Nonetheless there is a risk of limiting the value of the genre as a whole solely to its role as a mirror held up to society. In this perspective, issues of structure and style are sidelined, or, if addressed, are praised to the extent that they approach invisibility -- concision, spareness, realism are the qualities singled out for praise. The genre also gives much scope for formal innovation -- and indeed has often attracted already established 'mainstream' writers and filmmakers for just this reason. The eclectic diversity of the detective narratives considered in this volume reveal the malleability of the traditional constraints of the genre. The essays bear rich testimony to the value of considering the interplay of thematic and structural issues, even in the most apparently unselfconscious and popular (or populist) forms of narrative. The patterns of reassurance, the triumph of intellect and the ordered, rational world 'of old' are now challenged by the need to foreground the problems, ambiguities and uncertainties of the self and of society. The plurality of meanings and the antithetical imperatives explored in these detective narratives confirm that the most recent forms of the genre are not mere palimpsests of their 'golden age' precursors. The subversion of traditional expectations and the implementation of diverse stylistic devices take the genre beyond mere homage and pastiche. The role of the reader/spectator and critic in conferring meaning is a crucial one.

Understanding Tim Parks

Author: Gillian Fenwick

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781570034565

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 179

View: 7067


"Fenwick reckons with Parks's full literary range, from his novels and nonfiction books to his translations and journalism, and sheds light on the work of a versatile English writer whose international recognition is steadily growing."--BOOK JACKET.

Performing National Identity

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 940120523X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 3568


National identity is not some naturally given or metaphysically sanctioned racial or territorial essence that only needs to be conceptualised or spelt out in discursive texts; it emerges from, takes shape in, and is constantly defined and redefined in individual and collective performances. It is in performances—ranging from the scenarios of everyday interactions to ‘cultural performances’ such as pageants, festivals, political manifestations or sports, to the artistic performances of music, dance, theatre, literature, the visual and culinary arts and more recent media—that cultural identity and a sense of nationhood are fashioned. National identity is not an essence one is born with but something acquired in and through performances. Particularly important here are intercultural performances and transactions, and that not only in a colonial and postcolonial dimension, where such performative aspects have already been considered, but also in inner-European transactions. ‘Englishness’ or ‘Britishness’ and Italianità, the subject of this anthology, are staged both within each culture and, more importantly, in joint performances of difference across cultural borders. Performing difference highlights differences that ‘make a difference’; it ‘draws a line’ between self and other—boundary lines that are, however, constantly being redrawn and renegotiated, and remain instable and shifting.

Border Crossings

Author: Peter Wagstaff

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039102792

Category: History

Page: 253

View: 8404


This volume assesses the importance of border crossings in the evolution of European culture and identity, as reflected in the work of modern European writers and film-makers. Contributors chart the processes of transition from stability to change, from the known to the culturally unsettled, treating the themes of migration, exile, allegiance and belonging, journey, marginality, the legacy of war and displacement, memory and the denial of memory. What emerges is a cross-disciplinary reappraisal of the concept of identity, in which fixity is replaced by movement, and in which the dynamic process of story-telling, with its narratives of migration, exile, and borders crossed, mirrors the shifting and nomadic pluralities of modern existence.

Sprachen und Sprechen im städtischen Raum

Author: Thomas Krefeld,Wolfgang Mager,Sebastian Postlep

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783631567609

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 256

View: 6855


Städte bieten hochkomplexe sprachliche Räume. Gerade die charakteristischen Faktoren städtischer Alltagskommunikation, nämlich die Masse der interagierenden Sprecher, ihre soziale Differenz, ihre sprachlich-ethnische Heterogenität und ihre Mobilität sind in hohem Maße ortsspezifisch, unter Umständen stadtviertel- oder sogar straßenabhängig. Raumbasierte Stadtsprachenforschung erzwingt die Überwindung der überkommenen Opposition von «ländlicher» Dialektologie und «städtischer» Soziolinguistik; sie markiert dadurch eine zentrale Schnittstelle von Sprachkontaktforschung und Varietätenlinguistik.

Italy Revisited

Author: Antonio Carlo Napoleone Gallenga

Publisher: London, Tinsley

ISBN: N.A

Category: Italy

Page: N.A

View: 5213


"Do You Consider Yourself a Postmodern Author?"

Author: Rudolf Freiburg

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825843953

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 239

View: 2128


This book presents a collection of twelve interviews with eminent English contemporary writers held during a period of four years. The book allows an illuminating insight into a very lively and thought-provoking literary culture, stirred not only by recent ideas of postmodernism but also by the manifold issues of nationality, culture, and gender subjected to permanent redefinitions towards the end of the twentieth century. The interviews with Peter Ackroyd, John Banville, Julian Barnes, Alain de Botton, Maureen Duffy, Tibor Fischer, John Fowles, Romesh Gunesekera, Tim Parks, Terry Pratchett, Jane Rogers, and Adam Thorpe cover topics such as the relationship between writer and public, the role of the literary tradition, the relevance of contemporary literary theory for the production of literature, images of nationality, intertextuality, changes in the attitude towards language and meaning, and the reception of literary texts by critical reviewers and literary critics.