La Bella Figura

Author: Beppe Severgnini
Editor: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307486877
Size: 14,87 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Join the bestselling author of Ciao, America! on a lively tour of modern Italy that takes you behind the seductive face it puts on for visitors—la bella figura—and highlights its maddening, paradoxical true self You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious. To get to his Italia, you’ll need to forget about your idealized notions of Italy. Although La Bella Figura will take you to legendary cities and scenic regions, your real destinations are the places where Italians are at their best, worst, and most authentic: The highway: in America, a red light has only one possible interpretation—Stop! An Italian red light doesn’t warn or order you as much as provide an invitation for reflection. The airport: where Italians prove that one of their virtues (an appreciation for beauty) is really a vice. Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you with an outdated model? That’s the price of gazing upon perfection. The small town: which demonstrates the Italian genius for pleasant living: “a congenial barber . . . a well-stocked newsstand . . . professionally made coffee and a proper pizza; bell towers we can recognize in the distance, and people with a kind word and a smile for everyone.” The chaos of the roads, the anarchy of the office, the theatrical spirit of the hypermarkets, and garrulous train journeys; the sensory reassurance of a church and the importance of the beach; the solitude of the soccer stadium and the crowded Italian bedroom; the vertical fixations of the apartment building and the horizontal democracy of the eat-in kitchen. As you venture to these and many other locations rooted in the Italian psyche, you realize that Beppe has become your Dante and shown you a country that “has too much style to be hell” but is “too disorderly to be heaven.” Ten days, thirty places. From north to south. From food to politics. From saintliness to sexuality. This ironic, methodical, and sentimental examination will help you understand why Italy—as Beppe says—“can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters or ten minutes.”

Bella Figura

Author: Kamin Mohammadi
Editor: Knopf
ISBN: 0385354002
Size: 13,37 MB
Format: PDF
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One woman's story of finding beauty, and herself--and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her "dream life" was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom--a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence--Kamin took a giant leap. It did not take her long to notice how differently her new Italian neighbors approached life: enjoying themselves, taking their time to eat and drink, taking their lives at a deliberately slower pace. Filled with wonderful characters--from the local bartender/barista who becomes her love adviser, to the plumbers who fix her heating and teach her to make pasta al pomodoro--here is a mantra for savoring the beauty and color of every day that Italians have followed for generations, a guide to the slow life for busy people, a story of finding love (and self-love) in unlikely places, and an evocative account of a year living an Italian life.

La Bella Figura

Author: Kristi Belle
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781540649478
Size: 15,80 MB
Format: PDF, Mobi
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La Bella Figura is a lifestyle guide for the woman who aspires to live a European-style life filled with simple pleasures and wants to look good while she does it. It is about making your life richer with less, not more, just like European women do. Who Should Read This Book: * Do you feel overwhelmed and yearn for a life where you spend the majority of your time, money and energy toward what you think really matters? * Have you ever looked in your closet and felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of clothing items you own and yet still feel as if you have nothing to wear? * Do you want to elevate everything in your world to an art form -- from the way you dress to how you eat and spend your leisure time? La Bella Figura shows how you can bring all the simple pleasures of a European lifestyle into your home and life no matter what your budget or where you live.

An Italian In America

Author: Beppe Severgnini
Editor: Bur
ISBN: 8858632206
Size: 12,76 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The discovery of American - which is complicated today as it was in 1492 - doesn't depend on how many miles you drive, or the number of States tou've been to. America reveals itself in the little things. And the discovery them - as Beppe says - "you need the inquisitiveness of a new arrival and the patience of beach comber, one of those mildly inappropriate individuals who roam the shores in search of small treasures. The seashore is America. The mildly inappropriate individual is me".

La Bella Lingua

Author: Dianne Hales
Editor: Broadway
ISBN: 0767927699
Size: 17,94 MB
Format: PDF
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Follows the author's quest to learn Italian over twenty-five years and her study of the ties between the language and Italy's culture, literature, history, and food.

A Zany Slice Of Tuscany

Author: Ivanka Di Felice
ISBN: 9780993693441
Size: 16,47 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Taking up where A Zany Slice of Italy leaves off, New York Times best-selling author wannabe Ivanka Di Felice offers us more hilarious adventures in her beloved Tuscany. The tenacity with which Mrs. Di Felice still chases her dream is remarkable. She yearns for the glamorous life of Italy in pictures; meanwhile, she's the poster child for "forty is the new sixty." She dreams of fine restaurants and scintillating conversations, yet finds herself among a cast of Seinfeld-like characters. And while the rest of Italy lives it, the Slow Movement eludes her-ironically, when spending time with relatives in their eighties. The author's mother once said, "Perhaps you are not living your dream but rather the one that mischievous bella Italia had up her sleeve for you-a dream that demands a full range of emotions daily." Knowing how happy Ivanka and her husband are, despite life not always delivering what they wanted, her mother wisely added, "This shows that our dreams are not always the best for us." A Zany Slice of Tuscany not only gives us an insider's look at the many beautiful moments of living abroad, but also transports us into a rarely seen Italia. Funny stories are recounted with wit and affection and don't leave you feeling negative, but instead as if you've finally lived . . . in Italy.

La Bella Figura

Author: Dawn Mattera
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 149315155X
Size: 11,23 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Do you want to be happy, healthy and hot? La bella figura has a figurative and literal translation. In these pages, we will reveal Italian secrets for both: looking, feeling and being your best. We’ll journey through the calendar with each month highlighting a unique aspect of the Italian culture and how we can apply it to our lives. Each chapter also has a recipe or two of Italian favorites with the fat and calories slashed. You’ll also see some twists on traditional dishes. This book holds the spark to ignite your life!

Italian Neighbors

Author: Tim Parks
Editor: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802191150
Size: 10,67 MB
Format: PDF
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A New York Times Notable Book: A deliciously entertaining account of expatriate life in a small village just outside Verona, Italy. Tim Parks is anything but a gentleman in Verona. So after ten years of living with his Italian wife, Rita, in an Italian condominium bubbling with Italian life around him, the novelist found that he had inadvertently collected a gallery full of splendid characters. In this wittily observed account, Parks introduces readers to his home, a typical provincial Italian neighborhood with a statue of the Virgin at one end of the street, a derelict bottle factory at the other, and a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in between. Via Colombre, the village’s main street, offers an exemplary hodgepodge of all that is new and old in the bel paese, a point of collision between invading suburbia and diehard peasant tradition in a sometimes madcap, sometimes romantic, always mixed-up world of creeping vines, stuccoed walls, shotguns, security cameras, hypochondria, and expensive sports cars. More than a mere travelogue, Italian Neighbors is a vivid portrait of the real Italy and a compelling story of how even the most foreign people and places gradually assume the familiarity of home. “One of the most delightful travelogues imaginable . . . so vivid, so packed with delectable details.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review

Mamma Mia

Author: Beppe Severgnini
Editor: Rizzoli Publications
ISBN: 0847837440
Size: 11,71 MB
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What is it in the operatic Italian psyche that allows-indeed, forgives, even applauds-Italy’s premier for conducting a lifestyle as decadent as a Fellini extravaganza, while organizing an ongoing string of questionable behaviors and politically incorrect gaffes not seen since the days of Nero? All this, and yet Mr. Berlusconi remains completely “understood” by so many of his countrymen-some of whom keep coming back for more! Best-selling writer Beppe Severgnini, who by explaining America to Italians humorously immortalized American behavior in his book Ciao, America!, now trains his sights on his own countrymen. Through witty yet substantive anecdotes touching on Italy’s current political and economic climate, Severgnini decodes the Italian premier’s style and appeal, exploring his rise to power and creating a compulsively readable portrait of Italy today.

La Bella Figura

Author: Max Wigram Gallery
ISBN: 9780955971334
Size: 18,14 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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La Bella Figura. Curated by Bjorn Stern, 18th February - 22nd March 2014. Max Wigram Gallery is proud to announce its first historical show as a continuation and broadening of its contemporary exhibition program. La Bella Figura is an exhibition of works of Italian art and design beginning from the birth of the First Italian Republic, a period extending from the immediate aftermath of WW II until 1992. Artists featured in the exhibition include among others, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Alighiero Boetti, and Gilberto Zorio. La Bella Figura is curated by Bjorn Stern, a scholar and art consultant of 20th century art, in collaboration with Max Wigram Gallery. Since the birth of the republic in 1946, Italy has gone through 63 governments and yet no other country in the world has made us believe to have handled such vortices and political turmoil with such carefree abandon and with such charm! Italy's development in the post-war period transformed not only the country from largely farming to a leading industrial nation, but also introduced a unifying language from an array of local dialects. Its art, films, design and fashion were thus born distinctly new and with good riddance of the conventions of history, or so everyone was made to believe in the name of optimism of a new republic. Our understanding that all things Italian, such as Vespas and Bruno Magli shoes, Anita Ekberg and Fiats, were the paragon of everything learned from Italy's rich past and which were translated into beauty and pleasure, may actually have a darker, more sinister side. La Bella Figura will investigate what lies beneath the post-war Italian creative vortex, attempting to uncover an age-old structural balance between two prevailing Italian powers, the Mafia and the Church. Through various juxtapositions of art, design and moving media, this exhibition seeks to shed new light on the ambiguous power relations that prevail to this day within Italy's creative output, and to a certain extent also nourishing it. Well-known historical works by artists such as Fontana, Pistoletto, and Manzoni are used within the exhibition context to explore the very special conditions that many of these artists had to experience as practitioners in the adolescent Italian republic. A Republic that by its dysfunction, created the conditions for protest, discourse, certain freedoms, and sometimes indignation. Every Italian knows the expression bella figura. It is a double entendre, sometimes acting as a generalisation of Italy itself, as the deeply troubled nation with all its extreme factions that have been forced to cohabitate under the name of jurisdiction and the Law. Opposing power interests, representing good and evil respectively became an intertwined corrupted and unresolved malice in the Republic, carrying along with it the baggage of an older feudal time whose structures were incompatible with a new society, a new language and a new way to organise faith. La Bella Figura is the pretty outward face, sublime beauty and impeccable appearance, no matter how degraded and corrupted is its core. The veneer of appearance has worn thin on many occasions when colliding political interests have taken center stage. For the most part the whistleblowers have been the artists, poets, musicians and comedians who created their own independent movements in the post-war period that were marked by an anti-elitist attitude, promoting everyday modesty in both thought and humble materials. The core of these protests seen in retrospect was the dehumanising nature of industrialisation as well as rampant consumer capitalism, which was perhaps a necessary trade-off by the fast developing Italian Republic. This exhibition hopes to reveal some of the fall-out from this complex set of struggles.--