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The Dark Heart of Italy

Tobias Jones

The Dark Heart of Italy by Tobias Jones is ‘the book to take on your Italian holiday.’ (Condé Nast Traveller)

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ISBN
9780571246052
Date Published
04.09.2008
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Summary

An essential guide to the strange, sometimes sinister culture of contemporary Italy.

In 1999 Tobias Jones travelled to Italy, expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors and famous writers. Instead, he discovered a very different country, besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep-seated paranoia, where crime is scarcely ever met with punishment.

Now, in this fascinating travelogue, Jones explores not just Italy’s familiar delights (art, climate, cuisine), but the livelier and stranger sides of the bel paese: language, football, Catholicism, cinema, television and terrorism. Why, he wonders, do bombs still explode every time politics start getting serious? Why does everyone urge him to go home as soon as possible, saying that Italy is a ‘brothel’? And why do people warn him that ‘Clean Hands’ only disguise ‘Dirty Feet’?

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Tobias Jones is the author of two travel books, The Dark Heart of Italy and Utopian Dreams. His novel, The Salati Case, was the first in a series featuring the Italian private detective Castagnetti, followed by White Death. In 2012 he published his true crime account of an Italian serial killer, Blood on the Altar. Jones has written and presented…

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