La bella figura : a field guide to the Italian mind / Beppe Severgnini ; translated by Giles Watson

Author(s): Severgnini, Beppe
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Subjects: National characteristics, Italian
Italy--Description and travel
Italy--Social life and customs--1945-
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English, Italian (translated from)
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Published: New York : Broadway Books, c2006
LC Classification: D, DG
Physical Description: xiv, 217 p. ; 22 cm
Alternate Title(s): Testa degli italiani.
Notes: LCCN: 2005058243
ISBN: 0767914392 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780767914390 (alk. paper)
EAN: 9780767914390
Contents: Day 1: Malpensa -> Milan: The airport, where we discover that Italians prefer exceptions to rules -- The highway, or the psychopathology of the stoplight -- The hotel, where singular people are not content with a double room -- Day 2 & 3: Milan: The restaurant, one way of sitting in judgment -- The store, the field of lost battles -- The nightspot, where foxes turn into peacocks -- The condominium, a vertical space for oblique obsessions -- The eat-in kitchen, the nerve center of domestic counterespionage -- The bedroom, the bathroom, and how hard it is to find space of your own -- Day 4: -> Tuscany: The train, where many talk, few listen, and everyone understands -- The museum, beautiful women on the walls -- Television, where the semi-undressed signorina acquires a cloak of significance -- Day 5: Tuscany: The countryside, where we show that Italians are the world's leading manufacturers of emotions -- The Italian piazza, a tool with more cutting edges than a Swiss-army knife -- The window, framing fantasies that are sometimes cut short by a shutter -- Day 6: Rome: The bank, a confrontation of confidence and cold feet -- The office, the opera house of orderly anarchy -- The shopping mall, a taste of America delivered to your door -- Day 7: Naples: The sidewalk, or on collective individualism -- The automobile, and fumbling on the fold-down seats -- The travel agency, where the nation flexes its flippancy and pampers its patriotism -- Day 8: Sardinia: The waterfront, the convoluted charm of a liquid frontier -- The beach, a bare outline -- The garden, seclusion in bloom -- Day 9: Crema: The barber, the newsstand, and the town as a lifebelt -- The monument. And yet it moves -- School, the workshop where shared memories are made -- Day 10: Crema -> Malpensa, via San Siro: The church, where we will ruminate on the moral menu -- The stadium, notes on social gastroenterology -- The horizon. In other words, give us back Columbus -- Epilogue: A letter from America
OCLC Number: 62755668
ISBN/ISSN: 0767914392