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The Dark Heart of Italy characters ✓ 7 ↠ ❴Reading❵ ➾ The Dark Heart of Italy Author Tobias Jones – In 1999 Tobias Jones immigrated to Italy expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors Instead he found a very different country one besieged by unfaPadre Nostro Our Father to Cosa Nostra the MafiaThe Italy that Dark Heart of Kindle #213 emerges from Jones's travels is a country scarred by civil wars and illustrious corpses a country that is proudly visual rather than verbal based on aesthetics rather than ethics a country where crime is hardly ever followed by punishment a place of incredible illusionism where it is impossible to distinguish fantasy from reality and fact from fiction. Stendhal wrote that the feeling one gets from living in Italy is 'akin to that of being in love' I know what he means and so does Tobias Jones no relation I read this book to try to understand otherwise incomprehensible Italian politics the Berlusconi phenomenon in particular and I wasn't disappointed After a couple of weeks of reading and re reading I can't get my hair to lie down The book didn't tell me anything I didn't suspect after 12 years of coming and going but it still shocked me by the extent of the revelations Tobias moved to Italy because he had an Italian girlfriend fell in love with the place and didn't want to leave His work as a journalist exposing the dark side of Italian political affairs took him into areas of Italian life few dare to venture He researched the terrorist attacks of the 'Anni di Piombi' the years of lead 1970s and 80s bombs shootings mass terror the deaths of magistrates judges and politicians the 'suicides' of suspects and even the abduction and assassination of an Italian prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978 The repercussions of these events and the failure of the Italian systems of politics and justice to deal with them still shape Italian politics today Watch the film 'Il Divo' Sorrentino's beautifully researched corruscating account of what happenedTobias Jones's story of the 1990s fiasco of the 'Clean Hands' campaign that led to the election of Silvio Berlusconi makes interesting reading The UK expenses scandal the fact that our prime minister was friends with a Murdoch employee cash for peerages widespread phone hacking all seem like nursery school suabbles in comparison to the daily dealings of the Italian state And when he gets to the world of football and finance yes they're all connected here you finally realise what your Italian friends are up against and why most of them are so cynical about all aspects of public lifeSome of you may remember an Italian banker linked to the Vatican who was found hanged under a London bridge Roberto Calvi was head of the Ambrosio bank in Milan and in partnership with a man called Archbishop Paul Marcinkus head of the Vatican Bank in a scheme to launder huge amounts of money into off shore accounts assisted by a Sicilian tax expert called Sindona All except Marcinkus died mysteriously once investigations got under way Calvi died in London in a faked suicide Calvi's secretary died apparently another suicide Sindora was arrested but given a poisoned coffee in prison as he awaited uestioning The two men assigned to investigate the fraud were both murdered and Pope John Paul was shot in an attempted assassination Although the US federal dept had large amounts of evidence connecting him with international fraud Marcinkus was never charged with anythingTobias Jones sums up what was a tortuous investigation where the name of a man called Gelli kept recurring and the trail led to a Masonic lodge of which Gelli was head 'P2' whose membership included 52 senior caribiniere 50 army officers 37 high ranking tax police 38 MPs including Berlusconi 14 judges 10 bank presidents and senior media professionals An extreme right wing document the 'Plan for the Re Birth of Democracy' was found in Gelli's secretary's briefcase at the airport A Parliamentary enuiry wrote that P2 had 'ongoing links with subversive groups and organisations instigating and countenancing their criminal purposes' including terrorism If Dan Brown had written this as a novel we wouldn't believe it'Behind the surface of Italian democracy' Tobias Jones writes'lies a secret history made up of hidden associations contacts and even conspiracies some farcical others serious' There is a 'white mafia of financial scams money laundering and international investment rackets' No wonder Italy is in the financial shitBut even with all this knowledge Tobias Jones is still in love with Italy with its people food wine landscape and way of life Now that I'm living here I know exactly how he feels I love it too There is a dark side but there is also another the warm friendship and family life the aesthetics of food and architecture that keeps Italians sane and enables them to live with their murky political backdrop Originally published by Faber and Faber Tobias Jones has recently up dated this book with a new chapter on recent events and released it as an e book One person apparently Italian on com has written two one star reviews which seem to be motivated by the kind of Italian politics TJ is describing The original publication had consistently four and five star reviews 52 of them and it earned every one I particularly loved the chapter that asked why the nation that once created the greatest art in the world now has the worst television

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In Tobias Jones Heart of PDFEPUB #188 immigrated to Italy expecting to discover the pastoral bliss described by centuries of foreign visitors Instead he found a very different country one besieged by unfathomable terrorism and deep seated paranoia The Dark Heart of Italy is Jones's account of his four year voyage across the Italian peninsulaJones writes not just about Italy's art climate and cuisine but also about the much livelier and st. If you want to understand modern Italy in all her shame and glory this is as good as any place to start At first while I enjoyed this book I found it rather annoying Yes Italy and Italians are different from Anglo Saxons Pop someone from one culture into another and of course they will they think it is weird It is when Tobias Jones tries to get to the nitty gritty of why for instance Italian politics spawned Berlusconi terrorism and has infamously fractious but has ultimately stultifying politics that I become interested His main thesis is that Italy has an unfinished civil war that started in 1943 with the arrest of Mussolini Now that is an idea that you can run with Italy is different because of its history It is the sum of its past It is not just weirdIn Jones' favour he does love various aspects of Italian culture He loves the food craftsmanship and communal solidarity And football Yes the Italians play the beautiful game beautifully but cynically I would suggest reading the third or later editions because of the postscripts that are really realisations of further complexity He realises that the nepotism and corruption that infects Italian society is also a form of solidarity Most Italians went to the same school in the same neighbourhood or village It is harder to puritanically denounce your old school mate that you see every day than you think Understandably forgiveness is given freelyI was reading a Facebook post from my father's home town of Trieste It was in Italian and my Italian comprehension is shamefully bad but I started to depressingly realise that it was about a homeless Italian woman living in a car because supposedly all the emergency accommodation was taken up by Africans and ArabsHere we go I thought a racist meme appealing to the racist scum This was its obvious trope I also prepared myself for the inevitable left denunciation of the racists lies etc To my surprise the posts were nearly all like I have a room in my apartment that she can have until she gets on her feet My mother is on holidays for two months I just need to contact her first but I know she won't mind if the woman stays etc Italy and Italians are very far from perfect but on an individual level the first response is generosity and that can only be a good place to start from

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The Dark Heart of ItalyRanger sides of the Bel Paese the language The Dark PDFEPUB or soccer Catholicism cinema television and terrorism Why he wonders does the parliament need a slaughter commission Why 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 Most of all why does one man Silvio Berlusconi in the words of a famous song appear to own everything from. Being one of the first generation Italian or precisely Sicilian Australians Italy has always intrigued me as the place of origin of both my parents who came over between the wars I grew up with a Sicilian bias but soon discovered that Italy with its stunningly beautiful landscapes its language cuisine culture art architecture and music have a formidable reputation is the culture of the West There is much to be proud aboutBut for the modern Italian there is also the often murky understanding of what the country is politically and the often confounding and perplexing nature of living life within this scenarioAs a nation Italy has a comparatively young identity stemming from its unification in the 19th century but that unification is perhaps illusory — there remains the divide between North and South and since the two world wars a further divide between Fascists and Communists In the meantime there is the prevailing presence of of the ages old Roman Catholic Church and the peculiarly ritualistic and sometimes superstitious versions of Christianity that is Italian to the core regardless of any other influence; plus the pervasive presence of the various Mafia organisations In Italy and perhaps in Italy alone all these forces have somehow coalesced into a kind of uagmire of competing and conflicting demands aided and abetted by an astonishingly complex and stifling bureaucracy All of these forces have tentacles within each of the others all feeding off the same political energies all achieving little if anything but keeping itself somehow alive despite or because because of this Even changing government has usually led merely to further stalemates it is as if it is all a game of musical chairs where none of the chairs are ever removed — and all you are left with is yet another combination of ineffectual stasis How people survive within such impasses is perhaps the particular genius of the Italian people but whether this is yet sustainable in the future is problematicIn 1999 Tobias Jones visited Italy for a four year stay and while his love affair with the country and its people remains bright and shiny his examination of this 'other' side ends up being his main concern and particularly so in relation to the rise and rise of the mind boggling Silvio Berlusconi as the dominant force in Italian politics His book highlights significant events including terrorist attacks particularly from an historical perspective and then traces their provenance to the present The result is not pretty but the information provided is immensely fascinating and is presented in an easy to read fashion Jones effortlessly explains extremely complex machinations convoluted rationalisation enigmatic occurrences etc which strangely are illuminating but ultimately remain implacably complex convoluted and enigmatic; and thus indirectly establishes the fine mess Italy is in including its inability to resolve its own issues It is the fact that someone like Berlusconi seems to be able to manipulate all of this confusion for his own and his Party's benefit is perhaps the truly frightening bit And yet perhaps because of the way Italians in their private lives deal with all this there is still their resilience and their refusal to let mere politics intervene significantly in the important aspects of living that provides hope that this Italian spirit will not die or even fade away