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    Description"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.

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    Italian Neighbours
    An Englishman in Verona
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Parks
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 243 g
    ISBN 13: 9780099286950
    ISBN 10: 0099286955

    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000, TRV000000
    Libri: B-734
    DC21: 945.34092092
    BIC subject category V2: 1DST
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    Publication date
    03 May 2001
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    Author Information
    Born in Manchester, Tim Parks grew up in London and studied at Cambridge and Harvard. In 1981 he moved to Italy where he has lived ever since. He is the author of novels, non-fiction and essays, including Europa, Cleaver, A Season with Verona and Teach Us to Sit Still. He has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He lectures on literary translation in Milan, writes for publications such as the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, and his many translations from the Italian include works by Moravia, Calvino, Calasso, Tabucchi and Machiavelli.
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    "A clever, entertaining book...charged with a sense of purpose" Sunday Times "Gradually he comes to accept what the locals take for granted: everybody likes the Pope, racism thrives, the barber is a faith healer, the bank manager asks what interest rate you want to pay and the devoted church-going pharmacist upholds Catholicism on a Sunday but shows commercial flair the rest of the week by selling cut-price condoms... A rich treat from start to finish" Sunday Express "Tough, funny and sceptical" Tatler
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    Instead of travelling through Italy, Parks settled into it. He writes of the 'luminous, breathless heat' of an Italian summer's evening, and watches as ten-year-old bones are dug up to make more room in the cemetery. He learns not to request a cappuccino after 10.30am and that, as a new father, his first duty is to pin a blue or pink rosette on his house in a prominent position so that people will learn the good news. (Kirkus UK)