The New Yorker
Searching into every corner of Italian life and scrutinizing every cliché concerning it, from the charm of the people (an illusion, he maintains) to the consolations of la dolce vita
(another one), Mr. Barzini has written an invaluable and astringent guidebook to his country.
About the Author
Luigi Barzini, was born in Milan, Italy, in 1908. After completing his studies in Italy and at Columbia University, he worked for two New York newspapers. He returned to Italy in 1930 to become a correspondent for Corriere della Sera.
In 1940 he was confined by the Fascists. With the Allied liberation he returned to publishing and founded Il Globo.
Subsequently he served as the chief editor of several newspapers and magazines. His books include Americans Are Alone in the World
(1958), From Caesar to the Mafia
(1971), and Peking to Paris
(1973). He died in 1984.