Ultra (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
432
Utgivningsdatum
2019-09-19
Förlag
Head of Zeus
Illustrationer
1 x 8pp colour
Dimensioner
160 x 240 x 36 mm
Vikt
652 g
ISBN
9781786697363
Ultra (inbunden)

Ultra

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Ultras are often compared to punks, Hell's Angels, hooligans or the South American Barras Bravas. But in truth, they are a thoroughly Italian phenomenon... From the author of The Dark Heart of Italy, Blood on the Altar and A Place of Refuge. Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. Many groups have evolved into criminal gangs, involved in ticket-touting, drug-dealing and murder. A cross between the Hell's Angels and hooligans, they're often the foot-soldiers of the Mafia and have been instrumental in the rise of the far-right. But the purist ultras say that they are are insurgents fighting against a police state and modern football. Only amongst the ultras, they say, can you find belonging, community and a sacred concept of sport. They champion not just their teams, they say, but their forgotten suburbs and the dispossessed. Through the prism of the ultras, Jones crafts a compelling investigation into Italian society and its favourite sport. He writes about not just the ultras of some of Italy's biggest clubs - Juventus, Torino, Lazio, Roma and Genoa - but also about its lesser-known ones from Cosenza and Catania. He examines the sinister side of football fandom, with its violence and political extremism, but also admires the passion, wit, solidarity and style of a fascinating and contradictory subculture.
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PRAISE FOR THE DARK HEART OF ITALY: 'Jones can be recommended as an informed, entertaining and admirably opinionated guide to the evolving situation' Sunday Times. 'Jones strikes just the right balance between history, anecdote and facts ... A brilliant, though bleak, book' New Statesman. 'The Dark Heart will ensure that Italy remains an object of our fascination' Observer. 'An affectionate, occasionally appalled observer, an inside-outsider. He is unmistakably not a tourist' Independent.

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Tobias Jones is the author of seven previous books, including The Dark Heart of Italy, Blood on the Altar and A Place of Refuge. He has written and presented documentaries for the BBC and for RAI, the Italian state broadcaster, and has been a columnist for the Observer and Internazionale. He's the co-founder of Windsor Hill Wood, and an occasional midfielder for the England Writers' football team. He lives in Parma, Italy.