By Stephen Gundle, Lucia Rinaldi
Modern Italian heritage has been marked through a rare sequence of murders and political assassinations. The capturing of King Umberto in 1900 by way of an anarchist, a number of the makes an attempt at the lifetime of Mussolini, the killing of former best minister Aldo Moro by means of the purple Brigades in 1978, and the taking pictures of the scholar Carlo Giuliani by way of a policeman through the G8 protests in Genoa in 2001 have been all hugely arguable occasions that provoked far-reaching reactions. The contributions to this booklet discover those and lots of different Italian real crime and political homicide instances. They study them of their old and cultural contexts and discover the movies, fiction, theatre and paintings that they have got inspired.
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The seven brothers and their father attend the play immaculately dressed, and the camera focuses on their ability to recite the actors’ lines word for word. Despite their peasant background, they are clearly well-educated and culturally savvy. In the climax to the play Sarzi diverges from the script and delivers a thinly veiled anti-fascist speech about the inevitable defeat of the oppressor. Aldo realizes he has found a kindred spirit (in fact she turns out to be a communist comrade) and pays her a visit after the show has finished.
This level ground . . ”3 The brothers, then, are firmly located by Calvino in their peasant context from the very start of his account. Calvino then goes on to describe how the family had moved to the house from Campegine and taken the unprecedented decision to level the highly uneven ground that they know lived on. The installation of a network of irrigation ditches completed the picture, setting an example for others to follow. Calvino then moves on to discuss the brothers’ political proclivities as well as their business acumen.
4. Calvino, “La storia dei sette fratelli Cervi,” 2175. 5. , 2178. 6. See Piero Calamandrei, Uomini e città della Resistenza (Bari: Laterza, 1955), 111–19. 7. Luigi Einaudi, “Il vecchio Cervi,” in I Cervi (scritti e documenti), 52–56(Reggio Emilia: ANPI, 1963), 55. 8. Gianni Rodari, Compagni fratelli Cervi (Reggio Emilia: No publisher, 1955). The poem begins with a description of Aldo returning with the tractor and the globe: “solenne goffo re da biblioteca / esiliato fra i campi” [solemn and awkward king of the library / in exile in the fields].