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La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind by Beppe Severgnini
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“First of all, let's get one thing straight. Your Italy and our Italia are not the same thing. Italy is a soft drug peddled in predictable packages, such as hills in the sunset, olive groves, lemon trees, white wine, and raven-haired girls. Italia, on the other hand, is a maze. It's alluring, but complicated. It's the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters, or in the course of ten minutes. Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis.”
Beppe Severgnini, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
“Orson Welles used to say that Italy was full of actors—fifty million of them—almost all good. He claimed the few bad ones were on the stage, or the cinema screen.”
Beppe Severgnini, La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind