Download E-books The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty PDF

The grotesque Renaissance is a delightfully debauched journey of the sordid, gritty fact at the back of probably the most celebrated works of art and cultural strategies of all time.

Tourists this day flock to Italy by means of the hundreds of thousands to recognize the lovely achievements of the Renaissance—paintings, statues, and structures which are the legacy of 1 of the best classes of cultural rebirth and inventive good looks the realm has ever noticeable. yet underneath the based floor lurked a seamy, vicious global of energy politics, perversity, and corruption. during this meticulously researched and full of life portrait, Renaissance student Alexander Lee illuminates the darkish and titillating contradictions that existed along the enlightened spirit of the time: the scheming bankers, grasping politicians, bloody rivalries, murderous artists, non secular conflicts, rampant ailment, and extravagant extra with no which some of the most pretty monuments of the Renaissance might by no means have come into being.

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Download E-books The Secrets of Italy: People, Places, and Hidden Histories PDF

By Corrado Augias

One in every of Italy's best-known writers takes a Grand travel via her towns, historical past, and literature looking for the genuine personality of this contradictory state. there's Michelangelo, but in addition the mafia. Pavarotti, but in addition Berlusconi. The debonair Milanese, but in addition the notorious captain of the Costa Concordia cruise send. this can be Italy, widespread and reviled, a rustic that has guarded her secrets and techniques and confounded outsiders. Now, whilst this "Italian paradox" is extra obtrusive than ever, cultural authority Corrado Augias poses the confusing questions: how did it get this fashion? How can this peninsula be at the same time the house of geniuses and criminals, the cradle of attractiveness and the butt of jokes?

An speedy no 1 bestseller in Italy, Augias's most up-to-date units out to rediscover the story-different from the history-of this nation. starting with how Italy is visible from the skin and from the interior, he weaves a geo-historical narrative, passing via critical towns and rereading the classics and the biographies of the folks that experience, for higher or worse, made Italians who they're. From the gloomy surroundings of Cagliostro's Palermo to the stylish court docket of Maria Luigia in Parma, from the ghetto of Venice to the heroic Neapolitan rebellion opposed to the Nazis, Augias sheds gentle at the Italian personality, explaining it to outsiders and to Italians themselves. the result's a "novel of a nation," whose protagonists are either the figures we all know from heritage and literature and characters lengthy hidden among the cracks of historic narrative and reminiscence.

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Download E-books The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919 PDF

By Mark Thompson

In might 1915, Italy declared struggle at the Habsburg Empire. approximately 750,000 Italian troops have been killed in savage, hopeless struggling with at the stony hills north of Trieste and within the snows of the Dolomites. to keep up self-discipline, common Luigi Cadorna restored the Roman perform of decimation, executing random contributors of devices that retreated or rebelled.

With attractiveness and pathos, historian Mark Thompson relates the saga of the Italian entrance, the nationalist frenzy and political intrigues that preceded the clash, and the towering personalities of the statesmen, generals, and writers drawn into the guts of the chaos. a piece of epic scale, The White War does complete justice to the brutal and heart-wrenching battle that encouraged Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

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Download E-books Not a Normal Country: Italy After Berlusconi PDF

By Geoff Andrews

'I comprehend of no e-book in English devoted with such concentration and intensity on Berlusconi’s politics. ... Geoff Andrew's snatch of political tradition is profound and reflective.' Gino Bedani, study Professor in Italian, college of Swansea

'[Andrews presents] strangely penetrating insights ... superbly written.' Jim Newell, Reader in Politics, college of Salford

Not a regular state explores Italian politics and tradition within the period of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s richest guy and one in every of its longest serving major ministers. Geoff Andrews argues that the ‘Berlusconi phenomenon’ was once a populist reaction to frequent cynicism in the direction of politics. Berlusconi posed as an ‘anti-politician’, and established his charm on his virtues as a salesperson instead of a statesman.

The moment a part of the booklet discusses the various competition to Berlusconi. This levels from the anti-global demonstrations in Genoa in 2001 to unconventional protests comparable to the Girotondo flow led through the movie director Nanni Moretti. based on Andrews, this new associationism has helped rebuild Italian politics.

Finally, Andrews seems to be to the longer term and, in the course of the examples of anti-mafia protests in Sicily in addition to competition to the Americanisation of Italian tradition, considers the clients for the recent post-Berlusconi Italy.

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Download E-books La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language PDF

By Dianne Hales

“Italians say that somebody who acquires a brand new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood via my veins, I do certainly see with various eyes, listen with varied ears, and drink on the planet with all my senses…”

A party of the language and tradition of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the tale of ways a language formed a country, informed opposed to the backdrop of 1 woman’s own quest to talk fluent Italian.

For an individual who has been to Italy, the delusion of dwelling the Italian existence is powerfully seductive. yet to really turn into Italian, one needs to research the language. this is often how Dianne Hales begun her trip. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the tale of her decades-long adventure with the “the world’s so much enjoyed and lovely language” including explorations of Italy’s heritage, literature, artwork, tune, videos, way of life, and nutrition in a real opera amorosa—a hard work of her love of Italy.

Throughout her first expedition in Italy—with “non parlo Italiano” as her purely Italian phrase—Dianne overjoyed within the great thing about what she observed yet craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she selected to inhabit the language. Over greater than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in each approach attainable: via Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, inner most tutorials and dialog teams, and, most significantly, huge blocks of time in Italy. within the approach she discovered that Italian turned not only a keenness and a excitement, yet a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She deals fascinating insights into what makes Italian the main emotionally expressive of languages, from how the “pronto” (“Ready!”) Italians say after they resolution the phone conveys a feeling of whatever coming alive, to how even traditional issues similar to a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound larger in Italian.

She invitations readers to hitch her as she strains the evolution of Italian within the zesty graffiti at the partitions of Pompeii, in Dante’s incandescent cantos, and in Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron. She portrays how social graces stay woven into the cloth of Italian: even the chipper “ciao,” which does double responsibility as “hi” and “bye,” displays centuries of bella figura. and she or he exalts the glories of Italy’s nutrition and its wealthy and infrequently uproarious gastronomic language: Italians deftly describe somebody uptight as a baccala (dried cod), a busybody who noses into every thing as a prezzemolo (parsley), a valueless or banal motion picture as a polpettone (large meatball).

Like Dianne, readers of La Bella Lingua will locate themselves innamorata, enchanted, through Italian, occupied with its saga, tantalized through its adventures, hooked on its sound, and ever wanting to spend extra time in its corporation.

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Download E-books The Killing Room: A Mystery in Florence PDF

By Christobel Kent

The new crime novel within the acclaimed Detective Sandro Cellini secret sequence, which reveals Cellini investigating once more "the savage passions and politics that lie beneath" Florentine society. (The Guardian)

whilst inner most investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to wait a glamorous release celebration for a luxurious place of dwelling overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no inspiration what he is jogging into.

Behind the traditional and lush facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a sequence of negative secrets and techniques; an outdated torture chamber, hidden for hundreds of years within the bowels of the development, and a way more fresh malevolence. the previous head of defense for this elite improvement has simply died below suspicious situations and Sandro reveals himself―quite literally―stepping into lifeless man's shoes.

He quickly discovers that different unsavory incidents have tainted the celebrated starting. while one of many citizens is located murdered in her room, occasions start to spiral uncontrolled. Sandro needs to paintings to untangle the complicated internet of relationships that exists among citizens and employees to unmask a dangerous killer, during this really good new Florentine secret by means of Christobel Kent.

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Download E-books Perfect Phrases in Italian for Confident Travel: The No Faux-Pas Phrasebook for the Perfect Trip (Perfect Phrases Series) PDF

By Salvatore Bancheri

More than your ordinary phrasebook, this moveable identify exhibits you the way to be a well-mannered customer and communicate the neighborhood language within the right context

Any phrasebook may give you a line directory of crucial words. but when you employ a word or time period with no figuring out the right kind strategy to use it, you will discover your self in an embarrassing situation.

Perfect words in Italian for convinced Travel addresses this challenge expertly. certain, you get the fundamentals yet you get much more heritage and tips on the way to use those phrases and words safely with no creating a fake pas. With the arrogance that you're utilizing a word properly, you are going to take pleasure in a smoother experience in Italy.

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Download E-books Naples & The Amalfi Coast (Eyewitness Travel Guides) PDF

DK Eyewitness Travel's full-color guidebooks to enormous quantities of locations world wide really convey you what others in simple terms inform you. they've got develop into popular for his or her visible excellence, along with unheard of images, three-D mapping, and particularly commissioned cutaway illustrations.

DK Eyewitness go back and forth Guides are the one courses that paintings both good for idea, as a making plans device, a pragmatic source whereas touring, and a memento following any journey.

each one advisor is jam-packed with the updated, trustworthy vacation spot details each traveller wishes, together with large resort and eating place listings, themed itineraries, lush images, and various maps.

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Download E-books A History of Contemporary Italy: Society and Politics, 1943-1988 PDF

By Paul Ginsborg

From a war-torn and poverty-stricken kingdom, local and predominantly agrarian, to the good fortune tale of contemporary years, Italy has witnessed the main profound transformation--economic, social and demographic--in its complete historical past. but the opposite recurrent topic of the interval has been the overpowering desire for political reform--and the repeated failure to accomplish it. Professor Ginsborg's authoritative work--the first to mix social and political perspectives--is interested by either the super achievements of latest Italy and "the continuities of its background that experience no longer been simply set aside."

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Download E-books Garlic and Oil: Politics and Food in Italy PDF

By Carol Helstosky

Pasta, cappuccino, olive oil--Italian foodstuff is a favourite in our cafes, eating places and houses. yet what's the historical past of Italian delicacies? And the place can we get our notions approximately Italian nutrients? opposite to renowned trust, the Italian vitamin used to be insufficient and unchanging for plenty of a long time. Successive political regimes--liberal, fascist, democratic--struggled to enhance consuming conduct, shaping not just Italian food yet Italian id. This booklet finds the tough fact in the back of the myths surrounding this highly-romanticized cuisine.

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