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We Etruscans:

Old and New in a Forgotten Landscape

By Anna Rist

We Etruscans

We Etruscans:

Old and New in a Forgotten Landscape

By Anna Rist

A fascinating personal account of rural Tuscany over the past 30 years, providing wealth of information on the art, history, politics and religion of the region.

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Accompany Anna Rist on her personal journey through changes and transformations, between the old and the new in Italian rural life in Semproniano. This is no ordinary account of a British expatriate who has taken up residence in beautiful and enigmatic Tuscany. The Author warmly and vividly describes an impressive thirty-year time scale, which depicts an evolution of countryside life and mores in Toscana sconosciuta, a view of Tuscany away from the tourist track.

Meet dynamic characters, such as Merope, who cooks fine examples of traditional Tuscan cucina, or Albano, whose aspirated 'c's make his tours of churches hard to comprehend.

This fascinating portrayal also goes beyond being a record of a unique experience, as the author provides a wealth of information on the art, history, politics and religion of the region. Rist's academic background in Classics comes through strongly within the text, as the reader is guided through elements of a classical Tuscany. Aspects of the enduring Catholicism of the region also feature centrally in a depiction of a transforming 'Old Europe' in the latter twentieth-century.

That evening we walked hand in hand, watching the brave shimmer until the last, most persistent fragile flame was overwhelmed and the sea left darkly lapping. Perhaps it was then that Italy lodged permanently in our souls. From Chapter Three: Retrospective

Foreword by Professor Eamon Duffy

Part One: 1973–1975
1. Worlds Apart
2. Morning Light
3. Retrospective
4. Fernando
5. Pian Rocchetto
6. A Future Citizen
7. Sempronianini
8. Vecchio Paese
9. Shopkeepers
10. Sovana
11. Bassa Maremma
12. Rocchette
13. Lord's Day
14. Zona Amiatina
15. Vetta Amiata

Part Two: ... And On ...
16. Friends, Romans, Countrymen
17. We Etruscans
18. Quiverful
19. Drawbacks
20. Reconstructions
21. Christmas
22. New Year
23. To-ing and Fro-ing
24. Ghostly Fathers
25. Generations
26. Turan-Venus
27. La Banda
28. Religious and ...
29. ... Popular Feastings
30. Domain of Saturn
31. Nostalgia

Epilogue Millennial
Homing South: for Charles

Anna Rist, a native Canadian, who has travelled extensively in the USA and Mexico and lived in France and Israel, grew up in Warwickshire and studied at Cambridge. We Etruscans documents still further acquaintance with foreign regions, which gradually become a well-established home. She is married, has four children and enjoys the theatre and playing the cello. She has recently published a volume of poetry entitled Festival and Ferial (Kaufmann Publishing, 2015).

A fascinating portrayal of a region through time that also incorporates a wealth of information on art, history, politics and religion. Italy Magazine