A Season With Verona : A Soccer Fan Follows His Team Around Italy in Search of Dreams, National Character, and... Goals! (Paperback)

Author: Parks, Tim

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Publisher Perseus Distribution Services
Mfg Part# 9781611457339
SKU 230248087
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1611457335
Release Date 11/13/2012
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Tim Parks
Tim Parks was born in Manchester but grew up in London. He studied at both Cambridge and Harvard and, while he was still in his 20s, moved to Italy. He has written fiction as well as memoir-like books about his life as an Englishman in Italy, and he also has also done translations of Italian writers such as Moravia and Calvino.
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Editors Note Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football (which we Americans know as ?soccer?) a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? After twenty years in the bel paese, Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of his hometown soccer club, Hellas Verona, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities, and to get a fresh take on the conundrum that is national character. From Udine to Catania, from the San Siro to the Olimpico, traveling with the raucous and unruly Verona fans?whose conduct is a cross between that of asylum inmates and the Keystone Kops?Tim Parks offers his highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people, and its national sport. The clubs are struggling, as always, to keep their heads above water in Series A. The fans, as always, are accused of vulgarity, racism, and violence. It's an election year and politics encroaches. The police are ambiguous, the journeys exhausting, the referees unforgivable, the anecdotes hilarious. And behind it all is the growing intuition that in a world stripped of idealism and bereft of religion, soccer offers a new and fiercely ironic way of forming community and engaging with the sacred.
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