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A Season with Verona: A Soccer Fan Follows His Team Around Italy in Search of Dreams, National Character, And... Goals!

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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 worlds 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 mans 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. Its 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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“Parks’ keen attention to detail brings the game to life, alive even to the most casual observer.” —Booklist

Synopsis:

“Parks’ keen attention to detail brings the game to life, alive even to the most casual observer.” —Booklist

About the Author

Tim Parks, essayist, noted translator of Italian authors, and critic, is the author of eleven novels. He lives in Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781611457339
Author:
Parks, Tim
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Travel, Italy
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Sports
Biography » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Soccer » General
Sports and Outdoors » Sports and Fitness » Sports Writing
Travel » Europe » Italy
Travel » General
Travel » Special Interest » Sports

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