Cinico : Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum Paperback / softback
The narrator is an urbane, cynical and egocentric Italian journalist with little interest in the truth, though not as shabby as his companion, a professor of politics.
The journalist meets people across the spectrum of ideas, and the book concerns not just political events, but how people interrelate within a social context, Scotland's place in Europe and how Europeans interpret each other.
The Italian encounters a range of Europeans: a Ukrainian nationalist, a Russian religious guru, an eccentric Estonian, an Algerian refugee, a Lithuanian, a dying man and many Scots from different walks of life.
The narrator falls in love with a Scottish campaigner.
Beneath the urbane veneer, he's a complex mix of the old-fashioned and the fashionable, and the relationship soon encounters problems.
The Italian, like Voltaire's Candide, starts with a mindset incapable of bringing him either understanding or lasting contentment, and ends the book with some understanding and awareness, insufficient for the elusive happiness we all seek but sufficient for a perfectly acceptable human existence.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 190 pages
- Publisher: Vagabond Voices
- Publication Date: 21/09/2020
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781908251985
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