Our latest ‘historical’ easy reader ebook is about Joe Petrosino.
He’s a really famous Italian-American, apparently, or was.
Did you see the film ‘The Untouchables’, ‘Gli intoccabili’ in Italian, starring Sean Connery and Kevin Costner?
Well it’s that sort of thing, but set several decades earlier, at the end of the nineteenth century, when the ever-increasing number of Italian migrants to the USA were regarded as a threat, which needed supressing.
Scroll down to find out more about Joe, and down still further for details of four other HALF-PRICE ebooks from our Catalog.
All five offers end on Sunday 12th March 2023.
An original Italian easy reader by Francesca Colombo
Are Italians immigrants in 19th century New York all the same, ‘a race of criminials’? Find out with our original, ‘easy reader’ ebook, and improve your Italian reading and listening skills at the same time!
“Devono brillare queste scarpe, ragazzo! Oggi non ho fretta. Come ti chiami?” Il ragazzino risponde con un forte accento italiano: “Joe, signore. Mi chiamo Joe Petrosino. Le sue scarpe saranno come nuove in pochi minuti.”
Il poliziotto annuisce distrattamente: “Fai del tuo meglio, Joe.” Intanto osserva il negozio di alimentari fatto saltare in aria il giorno prima. La bomba ha distrutto la porta e la vetrina, l’insegna che dice: “Da Felice, prodotti italiani” è rimasta al suo posto, ma è storta.
Il poliziotto irlandese sospira scuotendo la testa, mentre altri due colleghi più giovani gli si avvicinano. Uno di questi gli chiede: “Chiudiamo il caso, signore? È il solito regolamento di conti fra italiani, è inutile perdere tempo” e l’altro aggiunge: “È impossibile capire quello che dicono e quello che gli passa per la testa. Sono una razza di criminali, e il proprietario del negozio vai a sapere se non era un mezzo mafioso anche lui… tutti uguali, tutti uguali.”
- .pdf e-book (+ audio available free online)
- .mobi (Kindle-compatible) and .epub (other ebook readers) available on request at no extra charge – just add a note to the order form or email us
- 8 chapters to read and listen to
- Comprehension questions to check your understanding
- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
- Download your Free Sample Chapter (.pdf)
Not so interested in the true crime genre? Then read about other famous Italian-Americans in the B2/C1-level La diaspora italiana – Italiani negli Stati Uniti (Free sample chapter .pdf | Read reviews), which is HALF-PRICE this week. Joe is featured in that one, too, but is only one of many interesting characters.
N.b. Given that there was so much to write about Italian-Americans, that one is DOUBLE THE NORMAL LENGTH, sixteen chapters instead of the typical eight. Which at 50% off the usual price makes for an extra-special bargain!
Also half-price this week are the three other titles in our ‘Italian Diaspora’ series:
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Australia (Free sample chapter .pdf)
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Scozia (Free sample chapter .pdf | Read reviews)
- La diaspora italiana – Italiani in Spagna (Free sample chapter .pdf | Read reviews)
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