Tim Parks





Tim Parks


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in Manchester, The United Kingdom
January 01, 1954

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Born in Manchester in 1954, 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 has written eleven novels including Europa, Destiny, Cleaver and, most recently, Dreams of Rivers and Seas, as well as three non-fiction accounts of life in northern Italy (most recently A Season with Verona), a collection of 'narrative' essays, Adultery and Other Diversions, and a history of the Medici bank in 15th century Florence, Medici Money. His many translations from the Italian include works by Moravia, Calvino, Calasso and Machiavelli. He lectures on literary translation in Milan and has published a book, Translating Style, which analyses Italian translations of the English modern ...more

Average rating: 3.8 · 20,878 ratings · 2,017 reviews · 83 distinct works · Similar authors
Italian Neighbors

3.69 avg rating — 2,154 ratings — published 1992 — 14 editions
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A Season with Verona: Trave...

4.12 avg rating — 1,186 ratings — published 2002 — 17 editions
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An Italian Education

3.84 avg rating — 1,030 ratings — published 1996 — 14 editions
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Italian Ways: On and Off th...

3.64 avg rating — 1,045 ratings — published 2013 — 12 editions
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Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sc...

3.73 avg rating — 908 ratings — published 2010 — 17 editions
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Medici Money: Banking, Meta...

3.63 avg rating — 528 ratings — published 2005 — 13 editions
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Europa

3.29 avg rating — 413 ratings — published 1997 — 22 editions
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Where I'm Reading From: The...

3.56 avg rating — 403 ratings — published 2014 — 15 editions
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Cleaver

3.33 avg rating — 178 ratings — published 2006 — 16 editions
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Destiny

3.61 avg rating — 163 ratings — published 1999 — 19 editions
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“With books at least, the best experiences are not when you find what you were looking for, but when something quite different finds you, takes you by surprise, shifts your tastes to new territory.”
Tim Parks

“Life is simply too short for the wrong books, or even the right books at the wrong time.”
Tim Parks, Stop What You're Doing and Read This!

“It took Descartes to deduce that God would not wish to deceive us. The world must be as it appears to be, the Frenchman deduced, because a perfect God would never wish to deceive us. Nothing has been explicable since.”
Tim Parks, Europa

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Loosed in Transla...: Tim Parks essay on translating Roberto Calasso 1 10 Feb 28, 2013 11:10AM  
Historical Fictio...: Spell It Out Challenge - February 2015: Tracking Thread 12 80 Feb 16, 2015 04:41PM  
Reading with Style: 20.10 - Books in Books 177 114 Aug 30, 2015 09:00PM  
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