The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna by Tim Parks

Walk into just about any city or town in Italy and you will inevitably bump into a statue or bust of a handsome man with flowing hair, deep-set eyes, and a thick beard, or you will see a plaque, a street, or a piazza, each of them featuring the name of Giuseppe Garibaldi, freedom fighter and hero of the Risorgimento, who helped unify Italy.

The problem, however, with Garibaldi’s ubiquity in modern-day Italy is that he is so present everywhere that he has a tendency to be overlooked. Tim Parks, the novelist, translator, and consummate chronicler of all things Italian—a Brit who has lived in Italy for decades—gives us back “the General” in his new book, The Hero’s Way: Walking with Garibaldi from Rome to Ravenna.