By Jane Christmas
By Michael Ennis
Against a teeming canvas of Borgia politics, Niccolò Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci come jointly to unmask an enigmatic serial killer, as we examine the key heritage at the back of some of the most debatable works within the western canon, The Prince...
When Pope Alexander dispatches a Vatican courtesan, Damiata, to the distant fort urban of Imola to profit the reality at the back of the homicide of Juan, his so much loved illegitimate son, she can't fail, for the scheming Borgia pope holds her personal younger son hostage. as soon as there, Damiata turns into a pawn within the political intrigues of the pope’s surviving son, the charismatic Duke Valentino, whose personal existence is threatened via the condottieri, a robust cabal of mercenary warlords. Damiata suspects that the killer she seeks is without doubt one of the brutal condottierri, and because the murders multiply, her quest grows extra pressing. She enlists the aid of an vague Florentine diplomat, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Valentino’s eccentric army engineer, Leonardo da Vinci, who jointly needs to fight to decipher the killer’s taunting riddles: Leonardo along with his groundbreaking “science of statement” and Machiavelli along with his new “science of men.” touring throughout an Italy torn aside via battle, they'll input a labyrinth of old superstition and erotic obsession to find at its center a new face of evil—and a fact that would shake the principles of western civilization.
By Tim Parks
“So inviting chances are you'll end up tempted to offer the event a whirl and experience the Italian trains your self, booklet in hand.”—Liesl Schillinger, New York occasions booklet Review
Tim Parks’s books on Italy were hailed as "so shiny, so jam-packed with delectable info, [they] function a greater than good alternative for the genuine factor" (Los Angeles occasions publication Review). Now, in his first Italian travelogue in a decade, he offers a captivating and humorous portrait of Italian methods by way of driving its trains from Verona to Milan, Rome to Palermo, and down to the heel of Italy.
Parks starts off as any vacationer may: "A teach is a teach is a teach, isn’t it?" yet quickly he turns his novelist’s eye to the main points, and as he trips via majestic Milano Centrale station or at the latest high-speed rail line, he provides a uniquely insightful portrait of Italy. via memorable encounters with traditional Italians—conductors and price ticket creditors, monks and prostitutes, students and enthusiasts, gypsies and immigrants—Parks captures what makes Italian existence distinct: an obsession with pace yet an reputation of slower, older methods; a blind eye towards brutal structure amid grand monuments; and an timeless love of an excellent argument and the best cappuccino.
Italian Ways additionally explores how trains helped construct Italy and the way their improvement displays Italians’ experience of themselves from Garibaldi to Mussolini to Berlusconi and past. so much of all, Italian Ways is an unique try and catch the essence of contemporary Italy. As Parks writes, "To see the rustic via teach is to contemplate the crux of the fundamental Italian challenge: Is Italy a part of the trendy global, or not?"
By Rick Steves
Following the self-guided excursions during this publication, you’ll discover Venice’s most crucial landmarks and cruise the Grand Canal for a close-up examine the stylish palaces, bridges, and church buildings. You’ll detect picturesque lanes, benefit from the most sensible urban perspectives, and journey outlying islands within the lagoon. Dine at a romantic canal-side eating place, or sign up for the locals at a attribute cicchetti bar and munch seafood-on-a-toothpick. because the stars shine over St. Mark’s sq., sway to the unfastened song of café orchestras.
Rick’s candid, funny suggestion will advisor you to good-value motels and eating places. You’ll how one can discover Venice common and get updated recommendation on what’s worthy it slow and funds. greater than simply stories and instructions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a journey advisor on your pocket.
By Guido Panvini
Los angeles violenza politica nell'Italia degli anni Sessanta e Settanta (1966-1975)
Guido Panvini ricostruisce il processo di militarizzazione della lotta politica in Italia innescato dalla violenza diffusa tra l'estrema destra e l'estrema sinistra. Lo studio sistematico delle fonti d'archivio da un lato ci riporta al clima nel quale maturò il terrorismo, ma, soprattutto, ne individua una delle piú importanti condizioni genetiche nei discorsi e nelle pratiche della violenza dei neofascisti e della sinistra extraparlamentare volti all'eliminazione dell'avversario.
Stragi contro civili, tentativi di colpo di Stato, progetti insurrezionali, scontri di piazza e di strada, aggressioni organizzate, pianificazione di agguati si intrecciano e si susseguono tra los angeles positive degli anni Sessanta e i primi anni Settanta. in line with l. a. prima volta queste forme di violenza sono raccontate e restituite attraverso le voci dei protagonisti, le loro scelte e le loro tradition. l. a. logica della violenza è ripercorsa nelle reciproche dinamiche di scontro, che fanno emergere los angeles diversità di repertori d'azione e le differenti strategie della violenza. Ma questa è anche una storia di contaminazioni e di rispettive influenze politiche, ideologiche e culturali. Una pagina chiusa del nostro recente passato che ci invita a riflettere sull'Italia di oggi.
«È importante individuare il nemico, dargli nome e cognome», period scritto su un numero di «Avanguardia operaia» nel maggio del 1969.
Qualche mese dopo, sul «Candido», un settimanale di estrema destra, i lettori venivano invitati a fotografare i manifestanti di sinistra. Gli «scatti» sarebbero stati trasformati in «manifesti according to divulgare tra "la maggioranza silenziosa" le simpatiche fisionomie, i nomi, i cognomi e gli indirizzi dei piú esagitati tra i capi sovversivi».
Lo scontro tra neofascismo e sinistra extraparlamentare - delineatosi a partire dalla seconda metà degli anni Sessanta - fu una delle piú importanti reason di diffusione della violenzapolitica. Guido Panvini ne ricostruisce le ragioni, le dinamiche e le forme organizzative, portandoci agli albori del terrorismo italiano.
With contributions by means of Sarah Cartwright, Jessie McNab, J. Kenneth Moore, Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Wendy Thompson, and Jeremy Warren
Many recognized Italian Renaissance artistic endeavors have been made to rejoice love and marriage. They have been the pinnacles of a tradition---dating from the early Renaissance---of commemorating betrothal, marriage, and the beginning of a kid by way of commissioning amazing items or changing them as presents. this significant quantity is the 1st to ascertain the full variety of works to which Renaissance rituals of affection and marriage gave upward thrust and makes a huge contribution to our realizing of Renaissance paintings in its broader cultural context. a few one hundred forty artworks, courting from approximately 1400 to 1600, are mentioned by way of a distinct staff of students and are reproduced in complete color.
Marriage and childbirth presents are the purpose of departure. those diversity from maiolica, glassware, and jewellery to delivery trays, musical tools, and nuptial photographs. Bonds of affection of one other variety have been represented in erotic drawings and prints. From those precedents, an more and more artistic method of matters of affection and marriage culminated in work by means of a few of the maximum artists of the Renaissance, together with Giulio Romano, Lorenzo Lotto, and Titian.
By Christobel Kent
The new crime novel within the acclaimed Detective Sandro Cellini secret sequence, which reveals Cellini investigating once more "the savage passions and politics that lie beneath" Florentine society. (The Guardian)
while deepest investigator Sandro Cellini is invited to wait a glamorous release celebration for a luxurious place of dwelling overlooking the glittering expanse of Florence, he has no inspiration what he is strolling into.
Behind the traditional and plush facade of Palazzo San Giorgio, there lies a chain of negative secrets and techniques; an previous torture chamber, hidden for hundreds of years within the bowels of the construction, and a way more fresh malevolence. the previous head of defense for this elite improvement has simply died lower than suspicious conditions and Sandro reveals himself―quite literally―stepping into useless man's shoes.
He quickly discovers that different unsavory incidents have tainted the celebrated establishing. while one of many citizens is located murdered in her room, occasions start to spiral uncontrolled. Sandro needs to paintings to untangle the advanced net of relationships that exists among citizens and employees to unmask a dangerous killer, during this awesome new Florentine secret via Christobel Kent.
By Maria Gentile
One of many valuable result of the nice battle has been the instructing of thrift to the yank housewife. For patriotic purposes and for purposes of economic climate, extra awareness has been bestowed upon the getting ready and cooking of foodstuff that's to be right now palatable, nourishing and cost effective. within the Italian food we discover within the maximum measure those 3 characteristics. That it's palatable, all those that have partaken of meals in an Italian trattoria or on the domestic of an Italian kinfolk can testify, that it's fit the sumptuous manhood and womanhood of Italy is an explanation greater than enough. And who may deny, figuring out the thriftiness of the Italian race, that it truly is reasonably-priced?
By Frances Mayes
Largely released poet, connoisseur chef, and trip author, Frances Mayes opens the door to a voluptuous new international while she buys and restores an deserted villa within the Tuscan nation-state. What she stocks together with her readers is a ceremonial dinner for the senses as she explores the pastoral Italian panorama, background and food.