La verità? è altrove
Author: Franco Ferrarotti
Publisher: Donzelli Editore
Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis
Author: Ugo Foscolo
Publisher: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies
Ugo Foscolo's Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis, written between 1799 and 1815, was the first true Italian novel. Its epistolary form is in the eighteenth-century tradition of novels like Clarissa Harlowe and the Nouvelle Heloise. Jacopo's tragic love for Teresa and his subsequent suicide recall The Sorrows of Young Werther. In addition to being an intensely political novel, this work also expresses the author's romantic conception of nature as a mirror of human emotions.
Analyzes the films of major Italian postwar directors, from Amelio to Visconti, inspired by literary masters, including Balzac and Tolstoy.
Published by Rizzoli in 1975, Letter to a Child Never Born was quickly translated and sold in twenty-seven countries, becoming an extraordinary world success. It is the tragic monologue of a woman speaking with the child she carries in her womb. This letter confronts the burning theme of abortion, and the meaning of life, by asking difficult questions: Is it fair to impose life even if it means suffering? Would it be better not to be born at all? Letter to a Child Never Born touches on the real meaning of being a woman: the power to give life or not. When the book begins, the protagonist is upset after learning she is pregnant. She knows nothing about the child, except that this creature depends totally and uniquely on her own choices. The creation of another person directly within one’s own body is a very shocking thing. The sense of responsibility is huge; it is a heavy burden that gives life to endless reflections, from the origin of our existence to the shame of our selfishness. If the child could choose, would he prefer to be born, to grow up, and to suffer, or would he return to the joyful limbo from which he came? A woman’s freedom and individuality are also challenged by a newborn—should she renounce her freedom, her job, and her choice? What should she do at this point?
Presents four essays that each focus on a particular theme and on one book or author that illustrates it
Migration and multiculturalism are hotly discussed in public debates across Europe. Whereas ethnographic research has begun to examine the Right in this context, the Left remains largely unexplored. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Bologna - the show-case city of the Italian Left this book provides fresh perspectives on how the contemporary Left "frames" these issues in practice and how such framing has changed in recent decades. By focusing on the official rhetoric grassroots discourses, policy and civil societal practices of the Left as well as on the immigrants' own views, this book timely offers a comprehensive, vivid, and critical account of changing ideas about ethnicity, class, identity and difference in "progressive" politics and of the implications that such ideas have for the incorporation of migrants in Europe.
Il Sessantotto al futuro
Author: Mario Capanna
Il Sessantotto è ormai storia e resta al centro della discussione culturale e politica. È stato l’origine di tutti i mali contemporanei o la straordinaria stagione di speranza che ci illumina ancora? Mario Capanna, che di quel movimento è stato protagonista, ne rilancia i valori profondi, le verità e l’istintiva saggezza. Mostra come la voce del Sessantotto parli oggi con un’attualità accresciuta, in proporzione all’aumento dei pericoli che minacciano la specie umana e la Terra. E ci esorta a ripartire proprio da lì, per costruire di più e meglio: da quei ragazzi che di fronte alla violenza e alle ingiustizie hanno saputo dire: «Il re è nudo!», da quella rivoluzione pacifica che ha spezzato di slancio cinismi e ipocrisie per cambiare la nostra visione del mondo. Ci offre un esempio: la vicenda di Soriano Ceccanti, un ragazzo che proprio nel ’68 ha subìto una feroce prepotenza, ma ha saputo tenere vive la lotta e la fiducia nel futuro.
The earliest of the four Gospels, the book portrays Jesus as an enigmatic figure, struggling with enemies, his inner and external demons, and with his devoted but disconcerted disciples. Unlike other gospels, his parables are obscure, to be explained secretly to his followers. With an introduction by Nick Cave
Author: Todd Gitlin
Say "the Sixties" and the images start coming, images of a time when all authority was defied and millions of young Americans thought they could change the world--either through music, drugs, and universal love or by "putting their bodies on the line" against injustice and war. Todd Gitlin, the highly regarded writer, media critic, and professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, has written an authoritative and compelling account of this supercharged decade--a decade he helped shape as an early president of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and an organizer of the first national demonstration against the Vietnam war. Part critical history, part personal memoir, part celebration, and part meditation, this critically acclaimed work resurrects a generation on all its glory and tragedy.
After the Divorce
Author: Grazia Deledda
Publisher: Library of Alexandria