A Season with Verona by Tim Parks
Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Character, and...Goals!

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After 20 years of living in Italy, Tim Parks, whom Joseph Brodsky, has called "the nest British author working today," spent a full year following the fortunes-and misfortunes-of the Verona football-oops! Soccer-club. Here is his rollicking report. Fro Udine to Catania, from San Siro to the Olimpico, traveling with the fans and the players from the tip to the toe of Italy, Tim Parks offers a highly personal account of his relationship with a country, its people, and its national sport.The fans, as always are accused of vulgarity, racism, and violence.The police are ambiguous, the journeys exhausting, the referees unforgivable, the anecdotes hilarious.In a world stripped of idealism and increasingly bereft of religion, Parks suggests that soccer offers a new and fiercely ironic way of engaging with the sacred.
 

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Parks is a novelist and translator
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Secker & Warburg. 416 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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The prolific English-born novelist (Mimi's Ghost, 2001), essayist (Hell and Back, 2002), and memoirist (An Italian Education, 1995) romps around Italy with the rarely civil but always rabid supporters of a mediocre professional soccer team.

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Parks (Italian Neighbors; Tongues of Flame) sets a daunting task of analyzing the life and mindset of a soccer fan in the wake

May 27 2002 | Read Full Review of A Season with Verona: Travels...

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Parks's account of a season travelling with his club in Italy's Serie A gives insights into all levels of Italian football culture: he infiltrates the club hierarchy, mingles with the "normal" supporters and, with more passion, becomes a "Brigate", a member of the club's diehard fans - in Italy...

Mar 23 2002 | Read Full Review of A Season with Verona: Travels...

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A Season with Verona Tim Parks Secker & Warburg £16.99, pp447 One of the pleasures of being a football fan is that it gives you a faith.

Mar 10 2002 | Read Full Review of A Season with Verona: Travels...

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Parks (Italian Neighbors; Tongues of Flame) sets a daunting task of analyzing the life and mindset of a soccer fan in the wake

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