29 June 2005

The book on perplexing Italians [International Herald Tribune]

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Severgini
Being Italian, says the columnist Beppe Severgnini, is a full-time job. “We never forget who we are, and we take pleasure in confounding those who observe us,” he notes.

As a matter of fact, Italians are so profoundly perplexing that trying to explain – and demystify – what it means to be Italian to those who (regrettably?) aren’t has practically become Severgnini’s full-time job.

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