Tobias Jones recounts his three-year voyage across the Italian peninsula. What emerges is a look at the livelier and stranger side of the "Bel Paese": the language, football, Catholicism, cinema, television and terrorism, and the grip exercised by Berlusconi through his media empire and presidency.
Why is Italy still riven with internal conflict? Why does one man - Silvio Berlusconi - appear to own everything from Padre Nostro to Cosa Nostra? Tobias Jones sets out to answer these and many other questions during his three-year voyage across the Italian peninsula. What emerges is not a book about the tourist concerns of climate, cuisine and art, but one about the much livelier and stranger side of the "Bel Paese": the language, football, Catholicism, cinema, television and terrorism - and the grip exercised by Berlusconi through his vast media empire and Presidency of the Ministerial Council. The Italy Tobias Jones discovers is a country which is proudly "visual" rather than "verbal", and where crime is hardly ever followed by punishment. It is a place of incredible illusionism, where it is impossible to distinguish fantasy from reality, fact from fiction.
Tobias Jones was born in Somerset in 1972. Having graduated from Jesus College, Oxford with a double first in English and History, he then joined the editorial team of the London Review of Books, before becoming a staff writer for the Independent on Sunday. In 1999 he emigrated to Italy, from where he has worked as a freelance journalist, writing essays and articles on Italy for Wallpaper, Prospect, Vogue, the Guardian and the London Review of Books. The Dark Heart of Italy is his first book.
Dark Heart of Italy by Tobias Jones
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