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SACHA NASPINI, “OUR AbsENCES” (E/O, pp. 174 – 16.00 euro) – I think that discontent is the main character in the books, of the characters of Sacha Naspini, and it is represented in his most important novels, specifically “Houses of the Discontented”. That feeling of resentment, of a desired, emotional, or physical invasion that has cost dearly and then perhaps deeply disappointed and thus weighed down and made you resentful, turns into unhappiness and anger, affects and harms your life as a prisoner, and then the point becomes, for those who make it, “that they open up a corridor and get out somewhere.” And so, with this sentence, which ends in “Our Absences”, a novel published ten years ago and now re-proposed by Edizioni E/O after the success of the other books, from “Ossigeno” and “Nives” to “Robert Wright’s Voice” of this Maremma writer, And we add this adjective not to make Naspini’s production domestic, but because it’s really personal, I think it’s the historical roots of this discontent that always ends up being investigated.

Here then everything is grafted onto the elementary psychology of a ten-year-old from a petite bourgeois family, selfish as much as he feels invaded by his classmate, Michelle, who comes ‘from the depths of the trash’, a poor family who lives in a deserted corner. From the village, to which the protagonist and I the narrator always feel the credit for the toys, the clothes, and the food given to him every evening, when he appears at the door in time. Giving voice to this very young character, not in imitated childlike language, but in simple and direct writing, without pretensions from the grown-ups, in telling and describing himself, the author turns towards his most difficult books, which balance those mainly narrated. Even a thread of irony in their pain and treachery, in their indignation. A child betrayed by life and distinguished by an oblivious father, tells fairy tales and comes one day to look for the carabinieri, because he works for Enel, but is a tomb robber and escapes antiques, making him but in the eyes of his son also a kind of adventurous pirate who risks trying to make a lot of money and go To the legendary America.

Indeed, the desire to emulate, the dream of discovery that makes rich by solving all the problems, will be born in this child – moreover plump and harassed by his companions, while Michelle grows up to be a handsome boy – a desire to imitate, the dream of discovery that makes you rich By solving all problems. And the discovery will come, with the accidental discovery of what might be an Etruscan tomb in the woods by Michel, who nonetheless works to get his friend to get it back, after his father’s earnest behavior makes him move away from the hero’s home. .

And here begins the real story, the one that only begins to burn when you give great gratification, those marks in the depths, which disturb the existence between rage and nightmares, even trying to hit everything and start a potential outlet, so painful the path of liberation. As for the sons of the “Osigino” who are captured by the mental mechanisms unleashed by evil, even here, after the black, everything closes to this captive soul in the sign of hope. A story that begins in a simple way, for many of the characters is absolute biographical, which tells the village newspaper, a family life, a very young mother, left by her father, finds herself free and begins to enjoy life just like a 26-year-old woman, a grandmother imprisoned by the memory of her first love who struggles by making tarot cards for people and taking care of her grandson, then begins digging deep until everything falls apart on her. So you will have to come to terms with the real values, which are not money and America, but find out who you really are, close your accounts with the past, as your grandmother does, and being able to live at peace with yourself themselves, the thing that makes us fit in, engage us in it, always understand how hard it is That and something that must be overcome with commitment and perhaps suffering.

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Iole Mancini my party, I remember everything but I don’t want – books – a book a day

(by Morita Capuano) (ANSA) – ROME, April 24 – Iola Mancini Vecchio Concept, A PARTISAN LOVE (FELTRINELLI, PP 224 EURO 18). Partisan Twenty Years Old Forever, Iole Mancini, the last survivor of the prison on Via Tasso – the symbol of the Nazi occupation in Rome where Eric Prebec was tortured – tells her story at the age of 102 in Concept Vecchio in ‘Un amore partigiano’. The book is released in Feltrinelli on the occasion of Liberation Day, 25 April. “I remember everything, but I’d rather forget it. It’s very painful,” Mancini admitted to Vecchio, Repubblica’s political journalist and writer.
“I was convinced I was writing a partisan story and in the end I wrote the story of a very strong and intelligent woman, still beautiful on the piece despite her age, very open, even towards her own problems. I realized that this part was just as important,” Concept Vecchio said For ANSA.
At 17, Iole met Ernesto Borghese at Anzio Beach, who would become her husband. When the war broke out, he was drafted into Florence and sent her pictures of postcards of the Italian army, in one of which he wrote, “Ernesto loves you.” “From the height of her 102 years, from the wonderful things that Eul lived, great wisdom emerged about how to view life events. It was not only the resistance she offered against Nazi fascists, but also her ability to deal with the problems that occur to us. To know that Life must be accepted as it comes and in fact partisan love is double in the sense that it is love between two parties but partisan as you understand love “explains the journalist, author of among other things with Feltrinelli from the book Giorgiana Masi (2017).
Mancini recalls: “On June 10, 1940, Benito Mussolini announced his entry into the war from the balcony of Piazza Venezia. I remember it was said that it would not last long, and that we would quickly win.” Then on September 8, 1943, the Germans occupied Rome, things changed and Mancini and Borghese joined the resistance, supporters of the loopholes. “There are so many things coming back today, conquest, resistance, waiting for our allies, allies that never arrive, hunger, getting lost. In the end, wars are always the same,” says Concept Vecchio. Which closed the book two months before the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
On April 7, 1944, after a failed attack on Vittorio Mussolini, Duce’s second son, Borghese was captured and taken to Regina Coeli, but then managed to escape. Mancini is imprisoned in Via Tasso, cell 22, and Pribek interrogates her several times, but she does not betray her partisan love. “Where’s Ernesto?” Fosse Ardeatine’s executioner asked her constantly, pointing a lamplight in her eyes. “Pribek would give me a nudge every now and then,” Mancini says. “He was methodical, tough, relentless in his questioning.”
Vecchio makes us feel Iole today, as we enter the ransom spirit of the 1.74-year-old, who came to weigh 50kg during the occupation, and the seamstress who was praised by Valentino by calling her the “Princess of Petticoats” and the woman who lived. Everything is until the end and now he keeps the numbers and memories in old diaries that he consults from time to time. A story of fights and resistance even in private life, with a hostile mother-in-law, her husband Ernesto who allows himself to be courted by other women, and after surviving death at the age of forty-nine from a heart attack. A year later, Iul met, in 1967, a painter of Bulgarian origin, Ilya Bykov with whom she had a new and different love, but he also died of a heart attack in 1988, on April 7, the same day Ernesto was arrested.
“It’s also a book about fate that sometimes keeps you and sometimes it doesn’t. It’s fate that decides for us,” states Concepts Vecchio who will present the book with Iul Mancini on April 29 at 5.00 pm at Casa della Memoria e della Storia, in Rome.
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