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FORMAT: Paperback
ISBN: 9781908251824
RRP: £10.95
PUBLICATION DATE: September 18, 2017

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Cinico: Travels with a Good Professor at the Time of the Scottish Referendum

By (author) Allan Cameron

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.

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