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My Two Italies di Joseph Luzzi
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My Two Italies (edizione 2014)

di Joseph Luzzi (Autore)

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"A charming, informative personal history that blends the anecdotal, historical, and downright unusual The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, in My Two Italies Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family's dramatic story to Italy's north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family. From his Calabrian father's time as a military internee in Nazi Germany--where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman--to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile cliches about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy. He delves instead into why Italian Americans have such a complicated relationship with the "old country," and how Italy produces some of the world's most astonishing art while suffering from corruption, political fragmentation, and an enfeebled civil society. With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante's poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country's ancient roots. He shares how his "two Italies"--the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined "northern" Italian realm of his professional life--join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love"--… (altro)
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Titolo:My Two Italies
Autori:Joseph Luzzi (Autore)
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014), Edition: First Edition, 224 pages
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I enjoyed reading this. It is part memoir and part a sociological look at Italy from various perspectives and the culture of the Italian Americans who immigrated from the Italian South. ( )
  SignoraEdie | Jan 22, 2015 |
Luzzi was born to Italian immigrants, from Calabria in the south of Italy. His parents never assimilated into American culture. Instead, his father cultivated a garden in the back of his house, raising goats, inter Alia, and making his own wine in the little Italy neighborhood of Westerly, RI. Luzzi grew into an academic, specializing in Italian culture, and overseeing Brad College's study abroad program in Florence. The book is a memoir and the title suggests the two Italies represented by Florence in the North and Calabria in the Mezzagiorno. Luzzi seems off put by the primitivity of the south, although embracing its food and earthiness. He tries to immerse himself in the culture of the north, but never feels totally accepted into the parochial world of Florence. The book easily could have been entitled My Three Italies because of the alternative Italy his parents created in America. Their failure to assimilate, however, simply highlights Italian culture - the emphasis on family with indifference, if not hostility, toward the state. The book was well written, but somewhat thin. If you have read a lot about Italy, it probably will not add much to your knowledge base. ( )
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"A charming, informative personal history that blends the anecdotal, historical, and downright unusual The child of Italian immigrants and an award-winning scholar of Italian literature, in My Two Italies Joseph Luzzi straddles these two perspectives to link his family's dramatic story to Italy's north-south divide, its quest for a unifying language, and its passion for art, food, and family. From his Calabrian father's time as a military internee in Nazi Germany--where he had a love affair with a local Bavarian woman--to his adventures amid the Renaissance splendor of Florence, Luzzi creates a deeply personal portrait of Italy that leaps past facile cliches about Mafia madness and Tuscan sun therapy. He delves instead into why Italian Americans have such a complicated relationship with the "old country," and how Italy produces some of the world's most astonishing art while suffering from corruption, political fragmentation, and an enfeebled civil society. With topics ranging from the pervasive force of Dante's poetry to the meteoric rise of Silvio Berlusconi, Luzzi presents the Italians in all their glory and squalor, relating the problems that plague Italy today to the country's ancient roots. He shares how his "two Italies"--the earthy southern Italian world of his immigrant childhood and the refined "northern" Italian realm of his professional life--join and clash in unexpected ways that continue to enchant the many millions who are either connected to Italy by ancestry or bound to it by love"--

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