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Political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini: Luciana Castellina

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Luciana Castellina will discuss her new book, Discovery of the world: A political awakening in the shadow of Mussolini, with Donald Sassoon.Luciana Castellina is one of Italy's most prominent left intellectuals and a co-founder of the newspaper Il Manifesto. In this coming-of-age memoir she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini's daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime.

Discovery of the World is about war, anti-Semitism, anti-fascism, resistance, the belief in social justice, the craving for experience, travel, political rallies, cinema, French intellectuals and FIAT workers, international diplomacy and friendship. All this is built on an intricate web made of reason and affection, of rational questioning and ironic self-narration as well as of profound nostalgia, disappointment and discovery.

Donald Sassoon is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History.

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After the discussion we will enjoy a chat and an aperitivo.

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