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(by Paolo Petroni) (ANSA) – Rome, April 30 – Nadia Terranova “Shakes the Night” (EINAUDI, p. 168 – 16.50 euros). One life, or rather two little lives of the curse, captives of a definite fate and a contrasting background, for it is wanted by those most closely related to them and who, together, one hates at the difficulty of imagining liberation: “c” is something stronger than pain and is habit.

We are between Silla and Karidi. On the one hand, in Messina, Barbara was born with another coast wall to block my gaze, and on the other, in Reggio Calabria, Nicola, whose destinies will eventually intersect and distinguish one another. The first, orphaned by her mother, finds herself in the hands of a father whose love can’t help but think of an arranged marriage who sees her as a wife and mother, incapable of hearing, not evil but bound to small tradition and culture. She understands his refusal, who also tries to make him arrive by giving him a book in which a story similar to hers is told, but the father will not pick it up from the ground where he drops it. The second, eleven, is the victim of a deeply disturbed and possessive love of a mother madly overprotective, to the point of tying him to a bed in a basement at night so that the devil cannot take possession of him, while the absent father is concerned only with his work and his social role.

Only the ideas of rebellion and freedom that coincide with the end remain. One of the ideas was Barbara, who returned to her grandmother’s house with whom she went to the play Aida at the Opera House. The fact is that on that night of December 28, 1908, this desire will be fulfilled in many ways.

It is in fact the history of the devastating earthquake, one of the most dangerous earthquakes in European history, that will annihilate Messina as Reggio: “Everything loved and hated has disappeared” at the age of twenty-five “the neighborhood no longer exists. Only the dead and the living dead.”

All that remains are ruins, overhanging railings, constant collapses and clouds of smoke, the stench of corpses, the redness of fires, and the search for who may have been buried, perhaps using some divination like Mrs. Rubble everywhere including redeeming yourself and finding how and where to save yourself, both for Barbara and Nicola, who are left alone. A tragedy that erases all the past up to that day and which will allow both, in different ways and each on their own, to build a life that may not be perfect or easy, but certainly more independent and aspiring to a different loving idea. About that tyranny that characterized them and that continued to distinguish them in the days of the disaster. After escaping, they will find sanctuary and help aboard the torpedo boat Morgana, where the two boys will find themselves united and marked by one last tragic violence touching the girl, of which the child is an invisible witness. . Then the slow rise of Barbara thanks to a solidarity group of women in the hut village donated by Queen Elena to the earthquake victims.

A story with a factual basis but with moments to see and played on a survey of symbolic value, marked, chapter by chapter, by the main legend of the Tarot, all the way to a sort of final moral with the author nowadays. Here, for example, is the mysterious ‘strength’, in which Virgo tames the Leo and invites us to abandon the level of ‘quantity’, because Virgo is undoubtedly weaker than Leo in regard to body quantity. strength, and raises us to the level of ‘quality’, where there is clearly a superiority to the Virgin,’ of the chapter in which her new fate is revealed to Barbara.

A peculiar novel, a special novel, to tell us about our own destiny and especially the fate of women in the twentieth century, it finds a perfect and absolute moment, almost mythical, and tells it in polished language, with echoes of time, but it dissolves naturally into Barbara’s story and her growth. (handle).


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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.