There's an incredible new nonfiction book by the Economist's John Hooper called The Italians.
How do I know it's incredible? According to a book review in The New York Times, he explains concepts like "menefreghismo"!
For the uninitiated, it means not giving a crap about something; the phrase "non me ne frega niente" is something you hear every day, every day, in Italy. Typically 'niente' might be replaced with 'un cazzo' -- that kind of thing.
In fact, menefreghismo sums up the attitude of vast numbers of people, including just about anyone in public office.
Finally, the REAL Italy. Not just gondolas. Please tell me there's a chapter on the tredecisima!
Read The New York Times' book review here.
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