As part of Y Viet 2011 and on the occasion of the 11th Italian Language Week, a public meeting with journalist Beppe Severgnini, author of The Head of the Italians, took place on Oct 3 in Hanoi.
The Head of the Italians is a ten-day journey by Beppe Severgnini, whose books are bestsellers in Italy, and some foreign friends, discovering thirty places across Italy in all corners, including squares, shops, churches, stadiums and beaches that gives an overview of the culture and values of the Italian people.
Through the tour, the 55-year-old author "translates" his country's unknown rules of the streets and the orderly anarchy of an office, the talkativeness of trains and the wisdom of an Hotel, the reassurance of a church and the crowding of a bedroom, the importance of a beach and the democracy of the living room.
"This book, whose Vietnamese version is published by Nha Nam Publishers, helps Italian and Vietnamese people getting closer to each other and get a complete image of Italy, through many lifestyle hints, from North to South, from food to sport and finally from morality to politic," said organizers, the Embassy of Italy in Vietnam and Nha Nam Publishers in a press release.
Beppe Severgnini has been writing for the Corriere della Sera , the most renowned newspaper in Italy, since 1995 and published Berlusconi spiegato ai posteri (Berlusconi Explained to Posterity and Friends Abroad) in 2010
He has written for The Economist (1993-2003) and for the New York Times Syndicate (2007-2009). In 2004, Beppe Severgnini was voted European Journalist of the Year in Brussels.
The host of a debate daily morning program on SKY TG24 called "Italians" was made an Officer of British Empire in 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II.
Beppe Severgnini also teaches at the Walter Tobagi School of Journalism at the University of Milan.
He has been a research fellow/writer in residence at MIT/Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009) and has taught at Middlebury College, Vermont (2006), and at the universities of Milan-Bocconi (2003 and 2006), Parma (1998) and Pavia (2002), which elected him "Alumnus of the Year" for 1998.
He has also lectured at many universities in Italy and abroad.
The meeting was held Monday at the Creative Space Club- Trung Nguyen Café, 36 Dien Bien Phu, on Monday at 5 p.m.