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A Season With Verona

by Tim Parks

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PUBLISHED: 6th March 2003
ISBN: 9780099422679
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Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities.
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  • Paperback
    $26.70
PUBLISHED: 6th March 2003
ISBN: 9780099422679
ANNOTATION:
Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities? Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities.

Annotation

Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football a sport, or an ill-disguised protraction of ancient enmities?

Tim Parks goes on the road to follow the fortunes of Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities.

Publisher Description

Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football 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 Hellas Verona football club, 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, this is a highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people and its national sport. A book that combines the tension of cliff-hanging narrative with the pleasures of travel writing, and the stimulation of a profound analysis of one country's mad, mad way of keeping itself entertained.

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'Addictive reading...each chapter is a short story, the whole book an epic' Observer Is Italy a united country, or a loose affiliation of warring states? Is Italian football 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 Hellas Verona football club, to pay a different kind of visit to some of the world's most beautiful cities. From Udine to Catania, from the San Siro to the Olimpico, this is a highly personal account of one man's relationship with a country, its people and its national sport. A book that combines the tension of cliff-hanging narrative with the pleasures of travel writing, and the stimulation of a profound analysis of one country's mad, mad way of keeping itself entertained. 'Parks knows his football, and he knows Italy still better. His adopted country, in all its enduring and exasperating strengths and weaknesses, comes vividly to life' Sunday Times 'A fascinating emotional journey... His descriptions of Italian football are descriptions of Italy itself, its regional differences, its squabbles, its distinctive temper' Daily Telegraph 'An enthralling, insightful account of the real Italy' Independent

Author Biography

Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks moved permanently to Italy in 1980. Author of novels, non-fiction and essays, he has won the Somerset Maugham, Betty Trask and Llewellyn Rhys awards, and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.His works include Destiny, Europa, Dreams of Rivers and Seas and the 'Italian series'- Italian Neighbours, An Italian Education and A Season with Verona.

Review

"Addictive reading...each chapter is a short story, the whole book an epic" Observer "Parks knows his football, and he knows Italy still better. His adopted country, in all its enduring and exasperating strengths and weaknesses, comes vividly to life" Sunday Times "A fascinating emotional journey... His descriptions of Italian football are descriptions of Italy itself, its regional differences, its squabbles, its distinctive temper" Daily Telegraph "An enthralling, insightful account of the real Italy" Independent

Kirkus UK Review

For some people football is just a game, for Tim Parks it is much more important than that. As an immigrant to Verona, his sense of belonging is inextricably linked to his vehement support for his local team. Even after living in Italy for 20 years, and after writing the bestsellers Italian Neighbours and An Italian Education, Parks strongly identifies his struggle to fit into the local community with the struggles of his adopted football club, Hellas Verona, a team who have to fight a constant battle to maintain their position in Serie A. For many years Parks has been a regular at the Bentegodi stadium, but for the 2000-2001 season he decided that for the first time he would go to every away match too. And that he would write a book about his experiences. The result is not just a travel book, but one that examines the way Italians in general, and Veronese in particular, relate to football, and is jam-packed with hilarious anecdotes and bizarre incidents witnessed by Parks during his year of football fanaticism. Verona might be a much smaller, and less wealthy, club than Juventus, Inter Milan, or Lazio, but their supporters are just as passionate about their team and none more so than Parks. As he journeys around the country Parks encounters the 'brigate' - infamous hardcore fans, uncooperative policemen and hostile opposition terraces. His match descriptions veer from joyous triumph to the depths of despair as Verona fight, amongst persistent rumours of match fixing, to avoid relegation to the despised Serie B. Even non-football fans cannot help but be attracted by the infectious enthusiasm with which he writes about those myopic referees, incompetent players, staunch comrades and incredible goals common to football matches the world over. (Kirkus UK)

Review Text

Addictive reading...each chapter is a short story, the whole book an epic

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'Brilliant, fascinating and very funny-A highly enjoyable book' Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

Author
Tim Parks
Pages
464
Year
2003
ISBN-10
0099422670
ISBN-13
9780099422679
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2003-03-06
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Short Title
SEASON W/VERONA
Series
Vintage Books
Subtitle
Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusions, National Character and Goals
Illustrations
30
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Audience
General/Trade