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Head Over Heel: Seduced by Southern Italy by Chris Harrison

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In Luigi Pirandello’s novel, The Late Mattia Pascal, the protagonist feigns his own death in order to escape what he calls ‘the tragedy of Italian civil status’—the impossibility of evading bureaucracy to live a free and peaceful existence. During the tedious process of becoming a resident of Daniela’s country, at no time was I desperate enough to emulate Pascal. I would never have killed myself, though I could have killed others on occasion. Being in Andrano was a great deal more enjoyable than obtaining official permission to remain there, and I had it easier than most.

Soon after arriving in Italy, my work visa and residency permit required completion at a string of public offices. Before visiting each ...

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