A Year In TUSCANY

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About the book A Year in TUSCANY

"A tale of reality, history, landscape and art."

History, art, gastronomy, monuments, images: these are the elements that dominate the impressions of Barbara Athanassiadis in Tuscany, where she spends the four seasons of the year painting watercolours and discovering the hidden treasures of one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The excursions through the vineyards in autumn give her the opportunity to let her imagination roam free and to transport us to the unique landscapes that surround her.

The winter walks through Florence and Siena are an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the world of Art.

The spring excursions in her Beetle to the medieval towns open her eyes, and ours, to the traditions of the place, which she critiques with her own Mediterranean influences as to how Tuscany was viewed by the English during the Grand Tour.

In the summer, she leaves for Maremma, virgin land within Tuscany, where she lives through the stories and legends of its people while at the same time taking a step back to look at the Etruscans.  She makes quick stops to local restaurants to taste the delicious, traditional cuisine allowing us to share in her meal of sliced bread seasoned with olive oil, ravioli al pecorino, and pappardelle in rabbit stew, all flavored with herbs and cheese and washed down with a glass of the famous Vin Santo.

Her travel story, written from the heart, clearly shows that she is charmed not only by the peculiarities and traditions of the region, but also the hidden details of everyday life.  It is these little details, an unknown aspect in the daily life of Tuscans, which surprise her and never fail to charm.

The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Watch You Tube book trailer videos of A Year In TUSCANY: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKut5nkv_JgpMuMgAy3tV63

BOOK REVIEWS

"Through the images, Barbara Athanassiadis writes a lyrical text, in which Tuscany, the noblest of the Italian lands, is celebrated in all its splendor. Centuries of human effort have changed the original natural fabric creating a landscape on a human scale that has no equal. I should add that I would like to read the text in its original language but it was not possible, since I do not know it. However, the translation, beautiful, with a fluid language, charming and persuasive, allows  me to assume that the original  text is of equal beauty: the cases in which the translations have been able to overcome the originals can be counted on the fingers of one hand, in more than three millennia of the civilization of writing."

Professor Fabrizio Lemme, Academy of San Luca - Rome

"The pages of your books are like paintings that a painter paints in real time, while living, capturing the moments - not just spatially but also through the sensory nuances that give color to life. The choice of Tuscany, over other colourful Italian regions, only reinforces the passion and the materiality of the feelings generating chapters, paragraphs, lines, words ... "

Roberto Castellucci, Painter


"With time and disposition as her allies and, above all, her thorough knowledge of Italian  Renaissance Art, Barbara Athanassiadis offers a journey along which I came to learn exactly what to look at, not just to feel what she herself may have achieved, but mostly to attain a conciliation with style and culture, the two natural companions of any wanderer. The painter that she is allowed for certain strokes of her brushes to go astray, much to the benefit of the rest of us!  Secret nuances and mixtures of colors so vivid that they transpire, despite everything, in the watercolors striving to surge from the pages of her book. The numerous references to Art and the reports of talks she had with several people she has met throughout her life, not just dwelling in Tuscany, have admittedly made me richer and definitely strengthened my resolve to revisit the region harboring the sources of elixir. For this is what Tuscany is all about."

Yiannis Spaveras, Greek Writer

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About the author

 Athanassiadis Barbara is the author of seven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany" (2007), "Feeling Rome" (2009) and "My Venice" (2014), which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. She divides her time between Athens and Rome.

Author's website:  http://www.barbaraathanassiadis.it/

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Sep 17, 2014
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172
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About the book INDIA and my Persian garden 

A must have book for any true traveller 

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The Jewel in the Crown of England in the 19th century, today India spreads its shine on the Globe. A feast of colours, landscapes and works of Art; a mosaic of ideas and people that bear the stamp of its ageless wisdom. Everything in superlatives in the Indian world, seen through the alteration of contrasts:  another order, both subversive and charming to the gaze of the traveller. 

The book is illustrated with colorful pictures. 

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of INDIA and my Persian garden: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvgI0SRse-Ysx2PSDjd9L7u 
In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter.  How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

Immediately after graduating from college in 1991, McCandless had roamed through the West and Southwest on a vision quest like those made by his heroes Jack London and John Muir.  In the Mojave Desert he abandoned his car, stripped it of its license plates, and burned all of his  cash.  He would give himself a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and , unencumbered by money and belongings, he would be free to wallow in the raw, unfiltered experiences that nature presented.  Craving a blank spot on the map, McCandless simply threw the maps away.  Leaving behind his desperate parents and sister, he vanished into the wild.

Jon Krakauer constructs a clarifying prism through which he reassembles the disquieting facts of McCandless's short life.  Admitting an interst that borders on obsession, he searches for the clues to the dries and desires that propelled McCandless.  Digging deeply, he takes an inherently compelling mystery and unravels the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

When McCandless's innocent mistakes turn out to be irreversible and fatal, he becomes the stuff of tabloid headlines and is dismissed for his naiveté, pretensions, and hubris.  He is said  to have had a death wish but wanting to die is a very different thing from being compelled to look over the edge. Krakauer brings McCandless's uncompromising pilgrimage out of the shadows, and the peril, adversity , and renunciation sought by this enigmatic young man are illuminated with a rare understanding--and not an ounce of sentimentality. Mesmerizing, heartbreaking, Into the Wild is a tour de force. The power and luminosity of Jon Krakauer's stoytelling blaze through every page.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Inside Rick Steves Italy 2018 you'll find:

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About the book Feeling ROME 

"An intimate portrait of the Eternal City" 

Visiting a city and then describing it in a guide book is very different than living it, breathing in the atmosphere, enjoying its surprises, discovering its details and recounting its hidden personality in an engaging and passionate way. 

In “Feeling Rome” Barbara Athanassiadis does just that: she introduces us to Rome, the Eternal City, albeit contemplating it from a different perspective, one that is more humane but also more penetrating, revealing the secrets of the particular way of life of the Romans, masterfully balanced between their glorious past and a bright and promising present. 

At the same time, she delicately touches upon the monuments, palaces, fountains, piazzas and shops of this fascinating city, breathing in the ineffable aura of the "dolce vita" of fashion and art. 

The author takes readers by the hand on a revealing walk, inviting even the most fanatical admirers of this city to fall in love again, as if it was the first time! «... As I walked through the gate of the Piazza del Popolo, in front of me I saw the square, dominated by the twin churches and the high obelisk, marking the top of the three streets opening like a fan ahead, leading to as many squares with stairs in marble and baroque palaces. Two hundred years before, that same imposing gate had been crossed by Goethe, who, finding himself in the presence of such a spectacle, a prelude to the wonders of the Eternal City, opened his arms and said, 'Now I begin to live!'»

The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos. 
   
Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of Feeling ROME: 
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKuzDPalf_Wfl_WkRNi1NIuy 


BOOK REVIEWS 

"Ever the charmer when she hits the paper, Barbara Athanassiadis takes us along on a stroll through Rome, her dwelling city of adoption. As a matter of fact, this journey is bound to take us far beyond the walls of this city and on to a trip to the Holy Land, where the journey turns into a soul-searching experience, as the author endeavors to connect her establishment in Rome to her remote origins.

Thus, as light as a feather, from palazzos to verandas, and from piazzas to movies of the ‘60s, Barbara flutters along, shedding what she feels is superfluous, along the way. Sometimes entire blocks are obliterated, churches seem to vanish into thin air and even historic accuracy seems as some point, to lose importance…. An experienced traveler, fully conversant with the art of getting rid of unnecessary burdens in her own, so very special, unmistakably feminine and romantic way, something like picking up the most beautiful Mediterranean flowers, before putting them in a vase to share the composition with roses and… artichokes alike!"
 
Maria Ioannides, Review in Vakchikon Magazine


"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City. She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present. She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more." 

Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine

Για το βιβλίο  ΕΛΛΑΔΑ, Ο Χορός των Θαλασσών
  
«Αιγαίο πέλαγος. Αναρωτιόμουν πώς το έβλεπαν οι νησιώτες του αρχαίου κόσμου. Μια θάλασσα γνώριμη μα απέραντη. Όλος ο πλανήτης στα μάτια τους. Στην εποχή μας οι αποστάσεις έχουν εκμηδενιστεί. Σήμερα πετάμε απ’ την Αθήνα για τη Ρόδο ή την Κρήτη και σε τρία τέταρτα έχουμε φτάσει. Το ίδιο για τις Κυκλάδες. Μόλις πάρουμε ύψος, πέντε λεπτά μετά, το χάνουμε. Αλλά τότε;…»  
  
 «Καθώς αφήναμε πίσω μας την Τήνο, έβλεπα τον ήλιο, μια έντονη φλογερή σφαίρα, ν’ ανεβαίνει από τη θάλασσα και μια πύρινη λωρίδα να έρχεται προς εμάς σαν να μας έσπρωχνε προς τη Δήλο, που ο ήλιος δεν την είχε φωτίσει ακόμη. Η θάλασσα κυμάτιζε ελαφρά, και κοιτάζοντας την πλώρη να την διασχίζει με την ώθηση που έδιναν τα ιστία, ένοιωθα την ενέργεια των θεών αόρατη,  απολαυστική να σβήνει το περίγραμμα μου, γινόμουν γλάρος, θάλασσα, αέρας, ο χρόνος έσβηνε...»
 
«Δεν είμαι ποιήτρια αλλά ταξιδιώτισσα, κι αν σας μεταφέρω στην ποίηση, στις μελωδίες και στις παλμικές κινήσεις, είναι για τη μεγάλη ευτυχία που νιώθω όταν κολυμπώ στις θάλασσες της Κέρκυρας. Έρχεται αυθόρμητα και πλημμυρίζει την καρδιά εδώ, στους κολπίσκους με τα σμαραγδένια χρώματα που δημιουργούνται από τα κυπαρίσσια καθώς κατηφορίζουν ώς τους άσπρους βράχους. Η θάλασσα που τoυς περιβρέχει αλλάζει σ’ ένα χρώμα έντονου τουρκουάζ, με τη λεία επιφάνειά της να μοιάζει μετάξι,…»
  
Η συγγραφέας μας μεταφέρει από την Κέρκυρα - το δυτικότερο - μέχρι το Καστελλόριζο - το ανατολικότερο νησί της Ελλάδος. Περιήγηση στον τόπο, τον χρόνο, τον μύθο, την ιστορία, την μαγεία των πελάγων και τη γραφικότητα των Ελληνικών νησιών μέσα από την  διεισδυτική ματιά μιας έμπειρης ταξιδιώτισσας.
  
Δείτε στο YouTube  τα βίντεο του βιβλίου ΕΛΛΑΔΑ, Ο Χορός των Θαλασσών:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvzgQlqVS0d20aPpUZd2pxA
  
Το ηλεκτρονικό βιβλίο είναι εικονογραφημένο με έγχρωμες  φωτογραφίες .



About the book TRAVELING IN ITALY

"Discovering the Land of Art, History and Culture" 

It is from Italy that the journey into My World of Great Beauties begins.

Having lived in Italy for 25 years, a tender smile etches itself upon my lips.  “Just a smile?” you may find yourself asking.  Yes, but that smile is the result of thousands of images that have remained vibrantly alive in my memory, as if the quarter century that has passed was only yesterday.  The smile also happens to best express the extreme sentimentality which, from within the three books of my trilogy, takes on the semblance of a light and airy dance.

In Italy, beyond anything else, the senses dance, and it is the most sensual dance in the world.  The theatricality of the Roman Baroque is in harmony with the curt steps of Tuscany and the fragile grace of Venice.  And the people are full of movement as well.  The Romans swirl crazily about in arches, the Tuscans, completely aligned and bringing back a sense of order, while the Venetians confer their own charming mystical note.  

It is true that God graced Italy with an abundance of Beauty, and if its expression is best defined with four elements:  nature, color, harmony and elegance, then as charmed as I was at encountering them, I set out to share this experience with you.  If each book is a reflection of the fantasy of its creator, it is also a reflection of the fantasy of its readers.

The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Author's YouTube video Book Trailers:  
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvZlhPmPgGTx27W-D4kmkwz

REVIEWS

"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City.  She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present.  She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more."

Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine

 
"A Year In Tuscany by Barbara Athanassiadis retraces the world of the Medici through the eyes of a traveler fully impregnated by classical culture, capable of discovering the long thin line that binds the cradle of Italy to Greece, Mediterranean  mother of our intellectual universe. Barbara's eyes delve into aspects beyond our habitual vision of Tuscany."

Giuseppe Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera

 
"Attentive to the Venetian glances of  Barbara Athanassiadis’ book, I  realized an emotional escalation, as the author is quite literal with her title: MY VENICE. This is indeed her own Venice, with the meaning not so much of her subjective glance or the focus on what selectively charms her, but in the particular way she sees things, looking towards the view of many sights, and not really seeing them.  She wanders amongst her favorite places and drags my gaze to colors and sensations without guiding it .  Just as charmingly, she approximates aspects of everyday life in her extra-literary life, calmly, with a nonchalance and always with a smile.  Just as spontaneously, and naturally, she unfolds the myth in which she dresses her wanderings.  Motives, thoughts, quests, reactions of her heroes, occur nearly as obviously... By reading her book, we follow the confessional narration  of a friend, where the intimacy of her voice is entrusted to our ears.

Helen Kritika , Book Critic

Autore YouTube video Book Trailers:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvZlhPmPgGTx27W-D4kmkwz

Sintesi di VIAGGIO IN ITALIA

“Alla scoperta del Paese dell’arte, della storia e della cultura”


È dall’Italia che il viaggio nel mondo delle mie Grandi Bellezze comincia.

Dopo 25 anni vissuti in Italia, un dolce sorriso mi si abbozza sulle labbra. Soltanto un sorriso? mi chiederete. Infatti. Un sorriso nato dalla presenza di migliaia di immagini che dopo un quarto di secolo trascorso in un soffio continuano a restarmi vivide nella memoria. Ma si tratta anche di un sorriso frutto della estrema sensibilità che attraverso i miei libri, assume la forma di una danza leggiadra.

In Italia a danzare sono soprattutto i sensi. Parliamo del Paese più sensuale del mondo. La teatralità del barocco a Roma fa da contrappunto ai rapidi passi della Toscana, che infine si incontrano con la fragile grazia di Venezia. Lo stesso vale per le persone. I romani volteggiano roteando, i toscani riportano l’ordine volteggiando in linea retta mentre i veneziani danno quel tocco di mistero che ne costituisce il fascino.

Va detto che il buon Dio ha elargito a piene mani la bellezza in Italia: la natura, i colori, l’armonia, l’eleganza. Sono rimasta affascinata da tutto questo e a mia volta cerco di trasmetterlo a voi.

Ciascun libro, frutto della fantasia dell’autore, innesca nel contempo la fantasia dei lettori.

Bon voyage!

 

RECENSIONI

"Nel suo nuovo racconto di viaggi Barbara Athanassiadis ci fa vivere, respirare, assaporare e scoprire le strade di Roma, la Città Eterna, con uno sguardo affettuoso e penetrante. Decifra il particolare modo di vita dei romani, segnato da un virtuosistico equilibrio tra le glorie del passato e il fascino del presente. Accompagna i lettori in una serie di passeggiate mentali durante le quali rivela segreti preziosi facendo sì che anche i fan di questa città la riscoprano con occhi nuovi."

Theòdoros Grigoriadis, Mensile «Passport»

 

Un Anno in Toscana di Barbara Athanassiadis ripercorre il mondo che fu dei Medici con gli occhi di una viaggiatrice ricca di cultura classica, capace di scoprire la lunga linea sottile che lega la culla dell’arte italiana alla Grecia, madre mediterranea del nostro universo intellettuale. Gli occhi di Barbara indagano aspetti che sfuggono alla nostra visione abitudinaria della Toscana.

Giuseppe Di Stefano, Corriere della Sera

 

"Osservando lo sguardo su Venezia proposto del libro di Barbara Athanassiadis, ho percepito la presenza di un coinvolgimento emotivo. Il titolo del libro infatti rispecchia perfettamente le intenzioni dell’autrice: La mia Venezia. Perché si tratta davvero della Venezia di Barbara Athanassiadis, non tanto nel senso dello sguardo soggettivo o della scelta di mettere a fuoco gli elementi specifici che l’affascinano, ma soprattutto nel senso che l’autrice, benché punti lo sguardo su quello che vedono tutti gli altri, non vede le stesse cose che vedono loro.

Infatti Barbara Athanassiadis percorrendo i suoi luoghi preferiti ha attirato il mio sguardo, senza asservirlo, su aspetti, colori e sensazioni della città. L’autrice spiega con spontaneità e naturalezza il mito che riveste il suo percorso di viaggio, ma anche con la stessa raffinatezza, la stessa serenità e la stessa grazia con cui affronta i diversi aspetti della realtà nella sua vita extraletteraria. Le idee, le riflessioni, le aspirazioni e le reazioni dei personaggi sgorgano in modo assolutamente naturale… Al punto che, leggendo questo libro, si ha l’impressione di ascoltare la voce familiare di un’amica che ci sussurra all’orecchio le sue storie segrete. "

Eleni Kritikà, Critico letterario

Il libro PASSEGGIATE ROMANE

"Un ritratto personale della Città Eterna"

La penna accattivante di Barbara Athanassiadis ci conduce a Roma, la città vivente. E oltre che a Roma, della quale si considera un’inviata, ci fa viaggiare anche in Terra Santa, mèta di un pellegrinaggio spirituale che ha offerto all’autrice la possibilità di conciliare le proprie radici con il suo soggiorno romano. Con levità che disdegna i particolari superflui, veniamo accompagnati da un palazzo a un balcone, e da una piazza al cinema degli anni Sessanta. E poi sorvoliamo isolati intere e chiese guidati dalla bussola, talora, della verità storica.

Perché Barbara è una viaggiatrice che in modo affatto personale, femminile e romantico, sa come sbarazzarsi dei pesi inutili cogliendo i più bei fiori mediterranei e infilando dentro gli stessi vasi sia le rose sia i carciofi. Protagonisti di Passeggiate romane sono la contessa brontolona e la scatenata sorella minore di Napoleone Bonaparte che posa nuda come modello della Venere di Villa Borghese; e poi Giulio Cesare e l’artigiano del marmo, il Santo Padre e il giardiniere, ma anche il borseggiatore, che l’autrice ci descrive con la stessa, sapida eleganza. E inoltre Sofia Loren e Cinecittà, Cinecittà e gli spot televisivi, fino al giovanotto che, in davanti alla sua Vespa, si fa bello in attesa di recitare il ruolo che gli spetta nel kitsch turistico contemporaneo. Non mancano poi i pony-express con le loro voci melodiose, che si stagliano sullo sfondo splendido e decadente della capitale italiana.

Con il suo sguardo esperto e penetrante, senza passaporto e con un approccio del tutto personale alla propria identità ellenica, dal momento che i viaggiatori greci sono piuttosto inclini alla ricerca del passato o delle tracce sparse della loro storia, Barbara Athanassiadis indossa le calzature comode della viaggiatrice incantata per farci conoscere un paesaggio che è sì quello di Roma, ma anche quello esclusivamente interiore dell’autrice. Ma la rivelazione giunge soprattutto a Gerusalemme, parentesi ma anche punto cruciale in cui si intersecano l’oriente e l’occidente personali della Athanassiadis, l’ortodossia e il cattolicesimo, il cosmopolitismo e l’amore per la fuga, le radici e il senso del presente: è qui che la Grecia, posta a metà strada tra Israele e Italia, viene simbolicamente superata e la città di Roma definitivamente svelata.

Guarda il video book trailer "PASSEGGIATE ROMANE" su YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKuzDPalf_Wfl_WkRNi1NIuy

L'eBook è illustrato con fotografie a colori.

 

RECENSIONI

"Nel suo nuovo racconto di viaggi Barbara Athanassiadis ci fa vivere, respirare, assaporare e scoprire le strade di Roma, la Città Eterna, con uno sguardo affettuoso e penetrante. Decifra il particolare modo di vita dei romani, segnato da un virtuosistico equilibrio tra le glorie del passato e il fascino del presente. Accompagna i lettori in una serie di passeggiate mentali durante le quali rivela segreti preziosi facendo sì che anche i fan di questa città la riscoprano con occhi nuovi."

Theòdoros Grigoriadis, Mensile «Passport»

 

"Barbara Athanassiadis vive in Italia da molti anni e ha deciso di far conoscere al pubblico greco i tesori nascosti di questo Paese. Quest’anno ha pubblicato Passeggiate Romane, la seconda parte di una trilogia dedicata al Belpaese (il primo volume, dedicato alla Toscana, si intitola appunto Un anno in Toscana). Questa volta Barbara scrive della città in cui vive, come dimostra la sua familiarità con questa storica metropoli. Descrive aspetti della città che sono sconosciuti al viaggiatore casuale, come per esempio la gente del sobborgo in cui vive. Questo non è un libro soltanto per coloro che sognano di visitare Roma, ma anche, e soprattutto, per coloro che la Città Eterna la conoscono già. Come sostiene l’autrice: “Una cosa è osservare una città per descriverla, e un’altra viverla, respirarla, scoprirla, amarla”. Ed è appunto questa sensazione di scoperta e di amore che permea il libro di Barbara Athanassiadis."

Un ritratto personale di Roma, “The American College of Greece Magazine”

 

"Barbara Athanassiadis è nata e cresciuta ad Atene. Quando la vita l’ha condotta a Roma, città in cui risiede da vent’anni, ha capito di trovarsi nel suo ambiente naturale, forse anche grazie ai suoi studi e all’amore per l’arte e per il Rinascimento italiano.

Da allora le Passeggiate romane, reali e immaginarie, si sono continuamente moltiplicate consentendole di vivere al meglio la Città Eterna. Così come si sono moltiplicati gli angoli nascosti di Roma, che si celano dietro i grossi portoni dei palazzi signorili, e le storie segrete che l’autrice porta alla luce grazie al contatto con persone di ogni tipo, dall’uomo della strada fino al dandy più sofisticato, con cui intavola discussioni interminabili, per fortuna nella loro lingua. Tra queste ci sono, per esempio, le storie raccontate dai Mortet, una famiglia di incisori che da quattro generazioni produce oggetti in miniatura raffiguranti le più celebri fontane di Roma, che le famiglie aristocratiche utilizzano come centrotavola durante i banchetti ufficiali.

Sì, Roma è una città complicata, oberata dal peso della Storia, e i romani sono flessuosi come le volute dei palazzi barocchi. Ma l’autrice ha voluto che i lettori scoprissero Roma attraverso una narrazione personale focalizzata soprattutto sulle atmosfere, su quel quid che lo sguardo non basta a cogliere e che nasce dalla fusione della Storia della città con il suo presente.

Lo stesso accade con la Toscana, a cui Barbara Athanassiadis ha dedicato il libro Un anno in Toscana. E lo stesso sta per accadere con Venezia, la città con cui avrà conclusione questa trilogia italiana. Senza dubbio Barbara Athanassiadis è agevolata, nel cogliere queste atmosfere, dal fatto che vive da molti anni in Italia e dunque ha la possibilità di comprendere l’identità moderna di questo Paese."

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