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Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli on La Brigantessa, Her Historical Novel Set in 19th Century Calabria
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Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli on La Brigantessa, Her Historical Novel Set in 19th Century Calabria

Rosanna Micelotta Battigelli is the author of La Brigantessa (Inanna Publications, 2019), a novel based on true events in the aftermath of Italy’s 1861 Unification, a turbulent period known as “The Decade of Fire” (1860-1870), when scores of brigands rebelled against the harsh policies imposed by the new government, which in turn ordered the destruction of these outlaws and anyone harbouring them. Gabriella Falcone is a peasant girl who works for Don Simone, the parish priest. She is forced to flee her hamlet of Camini in Calabria in 1862 after…

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