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בֿ Free Format Kindle [ La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind ] ᐏ Ebook Author Beppe Severgnini ᕋ בֿ Free Format Kindle [ La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind ] ᐏ Ebook Author Beppe Severgnini ᕋ FRIDAY Day One From Malpensa to MilanThe airport, where we discover that Italians prefer exceptions to rulesBeing Italian is a full time job We never forget who we are, and we have fun confusing anyone who is looking on.Don t trust the quick smiles, bright eyes, and elegance of many Italians Be wary of everyone s poise Italy is sexy It offers instant attention and solace But don t take Italy at face value Or, rather, take it at face value if you want to, but don t complain later.One American traveler wrote, Italy is the land of human nature If this is true and it certainly sounds convincing exploring Italy is an adventure You re going to need a map.So you ll be staying for ten days Here s the deal We ll take a look at three locations on each day of your trip They ll be classics, the sort of places that get talked about a lot, perhaps because they are so little known We ll start with an airport, since we re here Then I ll try to explain the rules of the road, the anarchy of the office, why people talk on trains, and the theatrical nature of hotel life We ll sit in judgment at a restaurant and feel the sensory reassurance of a church We ll visit Italy s televisual zoo and appreciate how important the beach is We ll experience the solitude of the soccer stadium, and realize how crowded the bedroom feels We ll note the vertical fixations of the apartment building, and the transverse democracy of the living room or, rather, the eat in kitchen.Ten days, thirty places We ve got to start somewhere if we want to find our way into the Italian mind 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 In Italia, you can go round and round in circles for years Which of course is great fun.As they struggle to find a way out, many newcomers fall back on the views of past visitors People like Goethe, Stendhal, Byron, and Twain always had an opinion about Italians, and couldn t wait to get home and write it down Those authors are still quoted today, as if nothing had changed This is not true Some things have changed in our Italy The problem is finding out what.Almost all modern accounts of the country fall into one of two categories chronicles of a love affair, or diaries of a disappointment The former have an inferiority complex toward Italian home life, and usually feature one chapter on the importance of the family, and another on the excellence of Italian cooking The diaries take a supercilious attitude toward Italian public life Inevitably, there is censure of Italian corruption, and a section on the Mafia.By and large, the chronicles of love affairs are penned by American women, who display love without interest in their descriptions of a seasonal Eden, where the weather is good and the locals are charming The diaries of disappointment tend to be produced by British men, who show interest without love They describe a disturbing country populated by unreliable individuals and governed by a public administration from hell.Yet Italy is far from hellish It s got too much style Neither is it heaven, of course, because it s too unruly Let s just say that Italy is an offbeat purgatory, full of proud, tormented souls each of whom is convinced he or she has a hotline to the boss It s the kind of place that can have you fuming and then purring in the space of a hundred meters, or the course of ten minutes Italy is the only workshop in the world that can turn out both Botticellis and Berlusconis People who live in Italy say they want to get out, but those who do escape all want to come back.As you will understand, this is not the sort of country that is easy to explain Particularly when you pack a few fantasies in your baggage, and Customs lets them through Take this airport, for example Whoever wrote that airports are nonplaces never visited Milan s Malpensa or Linate, or Rome s Fiumicino Or, if they did pay a call, they must have been too busy avoiding people shouting into cell phones and not looking where they were going.An airport in Italy is violently Italian It s a zoo with air conditioning, where the animals don t bite and only the odd comment is likely to be poisonous You have to know how to interpret the sounds and signals Italy is a place where things are always about to happen Generally, those things are unpredictable For us, normality is an exception Do you remember The Terminal If the film had been set in Malpensa Airport, Tom Hanks wouldn t just have fallen in love with Catherine Zeta Jones He d have founded a political party, promoted a referendum, opened a restaurant, and organized a farmers market.Look at the childlike joy on the faces of the people as they stroll into the shops Note how inventive they are at thinking up ways to pass the time Observe the deference to uniforms any uniform, from passing pilots to cleaning staff Authority has been making Italians uneasy for centuries, so we have developed an arsenal of countermeasures, from flattery to indifference, familiarity, complicity, apparent hostility, and feigned admiration Study the emerging faces as the automatic doors of international arrivals open They reveal an almost imperceptible hint of relief at getting past Customs Obviously, almost all the arriving passengers have nothing to hide It doesn t matter There was a uniform, and now it s gone.Note the relief giving way to affection as they retrieve their suitcases from the carousel At the check in desk, they weren t sure they would ever see their suitcases again, and did all they could to pass them off as hand luggage Listen to the couples quarreling, their accusations lent extra ferocity by the embarrassment of performing in public Mario You said you had the passports Admire the rituals of the families coming back from holiday These spoken exchanges Mom wants to know where their son is Dad shouts to the son the son answers Dad Dad tells Mom, who has disappeared in the meantime are the same ones that echo in a New York hotel or a street market in London.Malpensa encapsulates the nation Only a naive observer would mistake this for confusion Actually, it s performance art It s improvisation by gifted actors No one believes for one minute he or she is an extra Everyone s a star, no matter how modest the part Federico Fellini would have made a good prime minister, if he d wanted the job It takes an outstanding director to govern the Italians What else can you find out at an Italian airport Well, Italians signature quality our passion for beauty is in danger of becoming our number one defect All too often, it prevents us from choosing what is good.Look at the cell phone displays and the saleswomen perched on their stools Many of them can t tell a cell phone from a remote control, but all are indisputably attractive Do you know why the phone companies hire them instead of using skilled staff Because that s what the public wants People prefer good looks to good answers.Think about it There is a lesson to be learned We are prepared to give up a lot for the sake of beauty, even when it doesn t come in a miniskirt Never judge a book by its cover sounds like an oversimplification in Italian We judge books by their covers, politicians by their smiles, professionals by their offices, secretaries by their posture, table lamps by their design, cars by their styling, and people by their title It s no coincidence that one Italian in four is president of something Look at the ads here in the airport They re for cars, bags, and cosmetics They don t say how good the products are They tell us how irresistible we ll be if we buy them As if we Italians needed that kind of reassurance If this passion for beauty stopped at saleswomen, clothes, table lamps, and automobiles, it would be no big deal Sadly, it spills over into morality and, I repeat, induces us to confuse what is beautiful with what is good Only in Italian does there exist an expression like fare bella figura Think about that It s an aesthetic judgment it means to make a good figure which is not quite the same thing as making a good impression.There s an elderly French lady in trouble over there She s just collected two huge suitcases and can t find a baggage cart If I went over and offered to help her, she d probably accept At that point, something curious would happen I would split into two While Beppe was being a Good Samaritan, Severgnini would observe the scene and offer congratulations Beppe would then acknowledge his own compliment, and retire satisfied.Ours is a sophisticated exhibitionism that has no need of an audience Italians are psychologically self sufficient What s the problem Well, we like nice gestures so much we prefer them to good behavior Gestures gratify, but behaving takes an effort Still, the sum of ten good deeds does not make a person good, just as ten sins do not necessarily add up to a sinner Theologians distinguish between actum and habitus a single incident is not as serious as a habit, or practice.In other words, if you want to understand Italy, forget the guidebooks Study theology An aesthetic sense that sweeps ethics aside A formidable instinct for beauty That s the first of our weak points But there are others, for we are also exceptional, intelligent, sociable, flexible, and sensitive Offsetting these are our good qualities We are hypercritical, stay at homes, so conciliatory and peace loving we seem cowardly, and so generous we look nave Do you see why Italians are so disconcerting What everyone else thinks of as virtues are our weaknesses, and vice versa.As I was saying, we are exceptional, and that s not necessarily a good thing Surprised Listen to this Two hours ago, you were on an Alitalia airbus On other occasions, you ve flown American Airlines or British Airways Did you notice how the cabin staff behaved The Italian flight attendant sometimes takes her job title literally the plane flies, she just attends But she s always pleasant, elegant, and ladylike, so much so that she can appear intimidating I remember one flight from Milan to New York The Alitalia attendant, an attractive brunette from Naples, was strutting up and down like a model on a catwalk thirty thousand feet above the ground The man sitting next to me glanced at her and asked me, Do you think I might be able to get another coffee Why ask me Ask her, I replied, nodding in the direction of the flight attendant How can I ask Sophia Loren for a coffee he whimpered He was right The good looking attendant was putting on a fashion show in the sky, and no one dared to interrupt.But then take a British flight attendant You wouldn t mistake her for a model She ll have very little makeup, and no jewelry Often she is robustly built, and until recently would be sporting one of those little round hats that you only see on British cabin staff and New Jersey ice cream vendors Her heels are low, and her shoes are sensible, as they say in New York Alitalia crews wear emerald green British Airways has improbable combinations of red, white, and blue, or a mayonnaise cum apricot shade that nature felt no need to invent The British woman is attentive, though She comes back again and again, smiling all the time She waits until your mouth is full, swoops on you from behind, and beams Is everything all right Then something happens Let s say you spill your coffee on your pants At that point, the two personalities undergo an abrupt transformation that you ve guessed it sums up the respective national characters.The British attendant stiffens You have deviated from the pattern you have done something you shouldn t have All of a sudden, her inner nanny emerges She doesn t say she s annoyed, but she lets you know.The attractive Italian also undergoes a change In an emergency, her detachment disappears At times of crisis, what emerges is her inner mom, sister, confidante, friend, and lover She takes off her jacket and actually helps you Weak at, if not openly irritated by, routine administration, she comes into her own in exceptional circumstances that allow her to bring her personal skills to bear Where did the ice goddess go She melted In her place is a smiling woman who is trying to be helpful.Do you think some people might be tempted to spill their coffee on purpose the next time they fly Alitalia Could be A gorgeous Italian is worth a minor scalding OK, let s go Are you ready for the Italian jungle The highway, or the psychopathology of the stoplightPeople say we re intelligent It s true The problem is that we want to be intelligent all the time Foreigners jaws drop at the incessant brainwaves, the constant flow of imagination, and the alternate bursts of perception and perfectionism They are stunned by the fireworks display that is the Italian mind Now, you can astound the English once an hour, the Americans every thirty minutes, and the French on the quarter hour, but you can t amaze everyone every three minutes it s upsetting for them That s why in Italy rules are not obeyed as they are elsewhere We think it s an insult to our intelligence to comply with a regulation Obedience is boring We want to think about it We want to decide whether a particular law applies to our specific case In that place, at that time.Do you see that red light It looks the same as any other red light anywhere in the world, but it s an Italian invention It s not an order, as you might naively think Nor is it a warning, as a superficial glance might suggest It s actually an opportunity to reflect, and that reflection is hardly ever silly Pointless, perhaps, but not silly.When many Italians see a stoplight, their brain perceives no prohibition Red Stop Do not pass Instead, they see a stimulus OK, then What kind of red is it A pedestrian red But it s seven in the morning There are no pedestrians about this early That means it s a negotiable red it s a not quite red So we can go Or is it a red at an intersection What kind of intersection You can see what s coming here, and the road is clear So it s not a red, it s an almost red, a relative red What do we do We think about it for a bit, then we go.And what if it s a red at a dangerous intersection with traffic you can t see arriving at high speed What kind of question is that We stop, of course, and wait for the green light In Florence, where we ll be going, they have an expression rosso pieno full red Rosso red is a bureaucratic formula, and pieno full is a personal comment From the Hardcover edition.Praise for Beppe Severgnini La Bella FiguraDont read this bookunless you have the courage to let Dottore Severgnini carve up your well worn stereotypes about Italy La Bella Figura proves that twenty first century Italians are complicated than we thought Sort of like Europeans And Beppe loves them all Howard Tomb, author of Wicked ItalianThe book on perplexing Italians Severgninis most systematic probe of the Italian psyche yet A keen observer of human nature, he watches his compatriots with amused insight Laugh out loud funny International Herald Tribune Ciao, America A Bella Laugh This wonderfully funny and perceptive book now finds its way to the country that inspired it.What a pity it took so long to get here, but what a joy that it is here at last Ciao, America is fun from first page to last, pure and simple The Washington Post Its not easy to walk the thin line between Tocquevilles Democracy in America and Dave Barrys Only Travel Guide Youll Ever Need, but this memoir manages to do so admirably Booklist Severgnini is a master Ciao, America is a sardonic tale of cultural bewilderment, an incisive peek into the mundane obsession of our American existence that makes the commonplace seem not only insane but extremely funny Publishers Weekly A delightful read, full of wonderful anecdotes that capture the eye opening absurdity of life in these United States Chicago TribuneIt would be difficult not to like this delightful book Library Journal La Bella Figura A Field Guide to the Italian Mind La Beppe Severgnini on FREE shipping qualifying offers Join bestselling author of Ciao, America a lively tour modern Italy that takes you behind seductive face it puts for visitors la bella figura and highlights its maddening How live chic, simple, European is lifestyle guide woman who aspires style life filled with simple pleasures wants look good while she does e bestia Wikipedia storia de ha circolato per secoli in tutta Europa, sia forma orale che scritta e, pi recentemente, adattamenti cinematograficiMolti esperti hanno notato delle somiglianze tra questa 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    • La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
    • 2.2
    • 121
    • Format Kindle
    • 240 pages
    • 0767914406
    • Beppe Severgnini
    • Anglais
    • 08 January 2016

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