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Tim Parks
Author, Italy

Tim Parks is a British author, translator and essayist who lives in Milan, Italy. He has written 14 novels, the latest of which is In Extremis (2017), and has translated works by Italo Calvino, Niccolò Machiavelli and Giacomo Leopardi, among others. His latest book Out of My Head is an exploration of the nature of consciousness and current ideas about it,

Written by Tim Parks

Stories & Literature
The great disillusionist

In an age when so many people are at a loss to give life meaning and direction, Giacomo Leopardi is essential reading

Tim Parks

Stories & Literature
Inner peace

We yearn for silence, yet the less sound there is, the more our thoughts deafen us. How can we still the noise within?

Tim Parks