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La Bella Figura

Author : Beppe Severgnini
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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 Who cares if the beautiful girls hawking cell phones in airport kiosks stick you with an outdated model?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.”

La Bella Figura

Author : Dawn Mattera
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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!

La Bella Figura

Author : Max Wigram Gallery
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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.--

La Bella Figura

Author : Kristi Belle
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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.

La Bella Figura

Author : Rose Romano
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A Zany Slice of Tuscany

Author : Ivanka Di Felice
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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.

Bella Figura

Author : Kamin Mohammadi
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In 2008, Kamin Mohammadi found herself worn down – by the increasingly unrealistic expectations of her high-flying job in the magazine industry, by her fluctuating weight and health issues, and by her non-existent love life. Made redundant from her job, she fled the bleak streets of London for a friend's sun-dappled apartment in Florence. There, among the cobbled streets, the bustling, vibrant markets and the majestic palazzos, Kamin found a new lease of life. Leaving behind her ascetic diets and compulsive exercising, she began to imitate the ways of the carefree Italian women she saw around her – the morning café rituals, the long lunches – taking pleasure in the finer things. Within weeks she had regained her health, her natural figure and her zest for life – and even a lover or two. At once lyrical and practical, Bella Figura shows us how to make every aspect of life as beautiful as it can be. From how to choose the perfectly ripe tomato to how to walk down the street in style, Kamin Mohammadi explores the intricate nuances of Italian culture, and sets down a simple guide to a better, more elegant – and ultimately more satisfying – life.

Italian Discourse

Author : Gian Marco Farese
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Using the Natural Semantic Metalanguage methodology, Gian Marco Farese presents a comprehensive analysis of the most important Italian cultural keywords and cultural scripts that foreign learners and cultural outsiders need to know to become linguistically and culturally proficient in Italian. Farese focuses on the words and speech practices that are used most frequently in Italian discourse and that are uniquely Italian: both untranslatable into other languages and reflective of salient aspects of Italian culture and society. Italian Discourse: A Cultural Semantic Analysis sheds light on ways in which the Italian language is related to Italians’ character, values, and way of thinking, and it does so in contrastive perspective with English. Each chapter focuses on a cultural keyword, tracing the term through novels, plays, poems, and songs. Italian Discourse will be an important resource for anyone interested in Italian studies and Italian linguistics, as well as in semantics, cultural studies, linguistic anthropology, cognitive linguistics, intercultural communication, and translation.

La Bella Lingua

Author : Dianne Hales
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“Italians say that someone who acquires a new language ‘possesses’ it. In my case, Italian possesses me. With Italian racing like blood through my veins, I do indeed see with different eyes, hear with different ears, and drink in the world with all my senses…” A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman’s personal quest to speak fluent Italian. For anyone who has been to Italy, the fantasy of living the Italian life is powerfully seductive. But to truly become Italian, one must learn the language. This is how Dianne Hales began her journey. In La Bella Lingua, she brings the story of her decades-long experience with the “the world’s most loved and lovable language” together with explorations of Italy’s history, literature, art, music, movies, lifestyle, and food in a true opera amorosa—a labor of her love of Italy. Throughout her first excursion in Italy—with “non parlo Italiano” as her only Italian phrase—Dianne delighted in the beauty of what she saw but craved comprehension of what she heard. And so she chose to inhabit the language. Over more than twenty-five years she has studied Italian in every way possible: through Berlitz, books, CDs, podcasts, private tutorials and conversation groups, and, most importantly, large blocks of time in Italy. In the process she found that Italian became not just a passion and a pleasure, but a passport into Italy’s storia and its very soul. She offers charming insights into what makes Italian the most emotionally expressive of languages, from how the “pronto” (“Ready!”) Italians say when they answer the telephone conveys a sense of something coming alive, to how even ordinary things such as a towel (asciugamano) or handkerchief (fazzoletto) sound better in Italian. She invites readers to join her as she traces the evolution of Italian in the zesty graffiti on the walls of Pompeii, in Dante’s incandescent cantos, and in Boccaccio’s bawdy Decameron. She portrays how social graces remain woven into the fabric of Italian: even the chipper “ciao,” which does double duty as “hi” and “bye,” reflects centuries of bella figura. And she exalts the glories of Italy’s food and its rich and often uproarious gastronomic language: Italians deftly describe someone uptight as a baccala (dried cod), a busybody who noses into everything as a prezzemolo (parsley), a worthless or banal movie as a polpettone (large meatball). Like Dianne, readers of La Bella Lingua will find themselves innamorata, enchanted, by Italian, fascinated by its saga, tantalized by its adventures, addicted to its sound, and ever eager to spend more time in its company.

Il Padre Ventura e la Filosofia Sant Anselmo di Cantorbery quadro della vita monastica e della lotta dela potest spirituale con la potest temporale nel secolo undecimo Translated from the French

Author : Charles François Marie de RÉMUSAT (Count.)
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Artista E Critico

Author : Pietro Ardito
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Giovanni II dei Bentivoglio Racconto storico A popular account of the life of Giovanni Bentivoglio

Author : Giovanni Battista Sezanne
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Vita Nuova

Author : Dante Alighieri
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You ll Never Have Me Like You Want Me

Author : Rose Romano
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When Emilia realizes what Italy means, she decides to keep a journal. As an Italian-American who lived all her life in Brooklyn, Emilia goes to Italy because she wants to live in the only place in the world where it's normal to be Italian. She doesn't speak Italian well and isn't familiar with the laws. Although she has Italian citizenship, she can't get real help from her psychologist and her social worker. Her life gets smaller and smaller. Her chances get slimmer and slimmer. The solution to all her problems appears in an unexpected flash.

The New Italians

Author : Charles Richards
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Italy Revisited

Author : Mary Melfi
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Taking an unconventional approach to autobiographical writing, this work serves as a double memoir, told in dialogue between a mother and a daughter. The conversation takes place in a medieval town high up in the Italian mountains, as the author, a Canadian writer, draws out her mother's childhood memories of life in southern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century. As they re-create that vanished world, the pair also finds greater understanding of the tumultuous relationships that sometimes exist between immigrant mothers and their children.

Simple Guide to Italy

Author : Hugh Shankland
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Author Hugh Shankland has 'known' Italy as a tourist, student and scholar for over thirty years: In discovering the 'heart' of Italy and what makes Italians tick, he is able to lead the reader to a level of understanding and provide an insight that will prove indispensable to the traveler, for business or pleasure. This is more than a book of 'do's and don'ts' when in Italy: it is equivalent to the insider's Priviledge Card.

Fodor s See It Rome

Author : Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc. Staff
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Full-color photography and a host of practical information highlight this series of user-friendly travel guides, which also include descriptions of local sites, restaurants, hostels, shops, and nightspots; ratings of sites for value, historic interest, family friendly appeal, and other criteria; local itineraries and shopping suggestions; travel suggestions; transportation options; and colorful maps.

Italy Today

Author : Mario B. Mignone
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Detailing the period from the Second World War to the present, Italy Today provides unique insights into the dynamics of a country which emerged from a ravaged, post-war agrarian society. Italy is now a technological leader in competition with France to become the fourth largest industrialized country in the Western World. This volume examines the influence of a broad range of subjects such as political institutions, parliament, women, youth, the media, the Church, and trade unions on Italian history and culture. Divided into three major sections devoted to an analysis of politics, society and the economy, the organization allows for a lively discussion of contempary Italy.


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