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A Literary Tour of Italy
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Tim Parks is the author of fourteen novels, including Europa (shortlisted for the Booker prize), Destiny, Cleaver, Sex Is Forbidden and, most recently, Painting Death, all of which have been translated into many languages. As well as being a novelist and the author of several works of non-fiction, Tim is the acclaimed translator of books by Moravia, Calvino, Machiavelli and other Italian writers. He's a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books.

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"There are many ways of touring the land that Italians, following Dante, call il bel paese, and Parks is as perceptive a guide as could be wished." - TLS "Erudite and well-written" - Financial Times "He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in English" - Sunday Herald "It is an immensely learned, elegantly written rehearsal of the significance of 23 Italian writers, from Dante in the 13th century to Antonio Tabucchi in our own, and as such it amounts I think to an assessment of the Italian sensibility as a whole. Nobody is better qualified than Tim Parks to guide us through such an experience . . . He can be as entertaining as he is scholarly, and he is evidently profoundly concerned with the relationship everywhere between art and life." - The Spectator "Tim Parks's new volume of essays goes where it is inaccessible to the casual tourist, deep into the literature" - The Independent There are many ways of touring the land that Italians, following Dante, call il bel paese, and Parks is as perceptive a guide as could be wished. - TLS Erudite and well-written - Financial Times He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in English - Sunday Herald It is an immensely learned, elegantly written rehearsal of the significance of 23 Italian writers, from Dante in the 13th century to Antonio Tabucchi in our own, and as such it amounts I think to an assessment of the Italian sensibility as a whole. Nobody is better qualified than Tim Parks to guide us through such an experience . . . He can be as entertaining as he is scholarly, and he is evidently profoundly concerned with the relationship everywhere between art and life. - The Spectator Tim Parks s new volume of essays goes where it is inaccessible to the casual tourist, deep into the literature - The Independent " "He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in English." Sunday Herald "It is an immensely learned, elegantly written rehearsal of the significance of 23 Italian writers, from Dante in the 13th century to Antonio Tabucchi in our own, and as such it amounts I think to an assessment of the Italian sensibility as a whole. Nobody is better qualified than Tim Parks to guide us through such an experience . . . He can be as entertaining as he is scholarly, and he is evidently profoundly concerned with the relationship everywhere between art and life." The Spectator "Tim Parks s new volume of essays goes where it is inaccessible to the casual tourist, deep into the literature." The Independent "The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays." - Kirkus Reviews " "He remains the best interpreter of Italian ways in English." "Sunday Herald" "It is an immensely learned, elegantly written rehearsal of the significance of 23 Italian writers, from Dante in the 13th century to Antonio Tabucchi in our own, and as such it amounts I think to an assessment of the Italian sensibility as a whole. Nobody is better qualified than Tim Parks to guide us through such an experience . . . He can be as entertaining as he is scholarly, and he is evidently profoundly concerned with the relationship everywhere between art and life." "The Spectator" "Tim Parks s new volume of essays goes where it is inaccessible to the casual tourist, deep into the literature." "The Independent""

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