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Ma nella testa degli italiani — purtroppo o per fortuna — c’è ben altro. Percorrendo la Penisola in compagnia di amici venuti dall’estero, Beppe Severgnini. La testa degli italiani has ratings and reviews. Kayla said: After living in Italy for a year, reading this book brought back memories and also. Read a free sample or buy La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return severbnini Book Page. Preview — La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini. La testa degli gesta by Beppe Severgnini. Una terra di luce e profumi, aperitivi al tramonto, mattoni dsgli vista e indigeni cordiali.

Percorrendo la Penisola in compagnia di amici venuti dall’estero, Beppe Severgnini diventa cicerone ironico e implacabile.

Un viaggio metaforico, autocritico e divertente attraverso il nostro modo di vivere oggi. Dieci giorni, trenta luoghi. PaperbackBUR Saggipages. Published by BUR Rizzoli first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about La testa degli italianiplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about La testa degli italiani. Lists with This Book.

This hesta is not yet featured on Listopia. See the original review here: Now, I am going to have to come clean here, my family have owned a property in Italy for many years and I have been going out there for a long time before that too. So what would make me want to read a book about a place I am already in love with despite the quite clearly twsta reason that I am jtaliani in love with it? The book starts with one simple mantra. The amount of things I hear about the English, only to sit there and reflect that it is utter nonsense is staggering.

Do I say anything about it? Severgnini takes us through ten days in Italy, starting at the airport and moving through Milano, Napoli and Roma. Throughout these ten days and your interactions with the Italian people you are going to gain an insight into just what degpi going through their minds when they see you, when they do the things they are doing or more often than not when they sit down doing not much at all.

Ordering a cappuccino after 11am? Like I said, a lot of this stuff I already knew so it was lz to read someone talking about it all so frankly and honestly.

Before it had always seemed to be like a set of unwritten rules that the entire populous simply adhered to. Now however we have a witty, comical, insightful book with which we can use to completely disregard said rules a common Italian trait. Of course you could always wing seveergnini, but I assure you, the Italians will judge you!

A fascinating look into Italian culture. Severgnini severgnjni the complexity of the Italian mind, from its attraction to all things beautiful, to its suspicion and personal interpretation of top-down authority hence the “red lights are suggestions” thing. Being an American completely in love with Italy rolling amber hills, strong architecture, astounding artisitic geniusI found myself rethinking my view of this country. Now, my view is not shadowed, but it isn’t idealistic either.


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I can now lo A fascinating look into Italian culture. I can now look at Italy more as Italiawhich has deyli share of political strife, an erratic history of genius and disaster, arguments between North and South, and yet maintains a welcoming National character and a devotion to itself that rivals other great nations.

While a lot of Americans view Italy as quaint and idealistic, according to Severgnini, the national feeling is actually “complicated, angry, buried beneath rhetoric, sarcastic and camoflaged in cynicism. But it exists, and can even be gracious Still there are many Italians who yearn for a better country, but no longer seem to be able to dream the dream. As unpredictable as it can be, his Italy is still “a special place, and it’s sad to watch it struggle. Probabilmente, mescolato al resto contiene un po’ di rimpianto: Forse dovrebbero farsi dare delle ripetizioni per riempire le lacune.

Non hanno colto il vero spirito del libro, non hanno assaporato veramente l’atmosfera italiana, non l’hanno percepita quando sono stati in Italia, se ci sono stati. Da brava italiana ho apprezzato questo divertente viaggio in compagnia di Beppe condito con sana ironia, piacevole analisi sociologica e un pizzico di sentimentalismo nazionale che a volte vogliamo nascondere segergnini.

View all 6 comments. Beppe Severgnini takes us on a tour of the Italian mind, and what a mind it is. Paradoxically true, which is always the truest sort of true.

The book was overall good. I read it during my study abroad program in Florence, Italy. The book helped me better understand the enviroment I was living in and what I should expect of my surroundings and people when in certain areas of Italy. If you are ever traveling to Italy, I reccomend reading this to help you prepare for your trip.

Its an easy read. Not just a book about Italy but a book about the culture and the inner workings of the minds of real Italian people!

La testa degli italiani by Beppe Severgnini (4 star ratings)

Fun to read if you are planning a trip there. Uma leitura muito prazerosa!

A great interesting read! The fact that Severgnini is a journalist helps with the quality of the story, weaving culture, temperament and current events in one.

Beppe Severgnini is one of the most reknowned Italian cultural observers of his generation. Although at times repeating similar cultural assertions, this is a simple gem for those who have lived in Italia from abroad or are have gotten to know modern Italians and what makes up their particular, engaging, fun, and aggravating cultural a Beppe Severgnini is one of the most reknowned Italian cultural observers of his generation. Although at times repeating similar cultural assertions, this is a simple gem for those who have lived in Italia from abroad or are have gotten to know modern Italians and what makes up their particular, engaging, fun, and aggravating cultural attributes.

The author, Beppe Severgnini, takes you on a fun journey through the landscape of Italy while cleverly portraying the way of life of the Italian people. I really enjoyed his writing technique and his descriptive imagery. He gives the reader the Italian perspective and comments on how to truely enjoy Italy while also explaining how the Italians view Amreicans as well as other Europeans. A great, quick read! If you ever want to know what makes Italians tick, this is for you.


I bought this book for research and found myself laughing the whole way through. In fact, I read it twice several years apart because I found myself getting married in Rome. Beppe Severgnini’s erudite observations make me fall in love with Italy all over again.

This book I would call a guide through the Italian mind while guiding you through part of the Italian countryside. It is humorous yet seemingly realistic look at the Italian mind written for Americans who are visiting there. I read it shortly before taking a trip to Italy and found it helpful as well as funny. Pretty darn amusing and, I must say, it seems to be pretty accurate. However, I can sum up the book in one sentence: Italians don’t care what anyone thinks of them; they just want to enjoy life.

That’s a pretty darn good philosophy if you ask me. A look into the Italian psyche and the beautiful disorder of this lovely and boisterous country and its people. Severgnini acts as your personal guide from the moment your plane lands Milan, through Tuscany, Rome, Naples, Sardinia, and Crema. A must read for anyone planning to travel to Italy. Behind the wryness is an unconditional love for Italians. He loves being Italian and coaxed me to “fall in love” with him and his compatriots too.

Generally amusing, with some keen observations. Although as a longtime New Yorker, many of his observations of so-called “Italian” behavior could just as easily be ascribed to New Yorkers, Chicagoans, Bostonians, or really anyone living in close quarters.

Se in diversi libri precedenti Severgnini ha raccontato l’estero a noi italiani, stavolta fa l’opposto e ci racconta ad amici stranieri. While I preferred “Ciao, America,” it may be just because I tend to find the outside perspective more interesting than the inside perspective.

Under any circumstance, the author appears to have a great grasp of his subject and, even if it were all lies, the telling is fun and entertaining. Still live that Italian dream After studying in Italy, I can now affirm that his hilarious descriptions of Italians and the Italian culture are quite accurate.

I personally loved this book, though Italisni might be biased! Would absolutely recommend, especially if you have some italian in you or know someone who does! Perfect for Italians to Read, to learn about their backgrounds and laugh out loud at themselves. Dec 21, Dinorah Guadiana-Costa rated it really liked it. Severgnini does and in-depth, self-deprecating, witty and humorous study of the Italian way of seeing the world; not much different than other Latin countries, really.

Updates needed 2 13 Feb 18, Giuseppe “Beppe” Severgnini born December 26, is an Italian journalist, writer and columnist.

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