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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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IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

IN MEMORIAM: The Legacy of Pier Giorgio Di Cicco

Poet and priest Pier Giorgio Di Cicco passed away on December 22, 2019. As a poet and editor, his contributions…

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Paola Breda on Land of Triumph and Tragedy

Compiled after decades of research by Marino Toppan, Land of Triumph and Tragedy: Voices of the Italian Fallen Workers is…

The Legacy and Cultural Significance of Italian Grocers

The Legacy and Cultural Significance of Italian Grocers

Although it was a long time ago, the memories I have are still vivid – walking as a boy at…

Cruciverba

Cruciverba

On hot summer afternoons I love to wander the winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys of the medieval hilltop village…

The Anthropology of Fire

The Anthropology of Fire

“Since the house is on fire, let us warm ourselves.” (Italian proverb)   Monday, 9 a.m. Not writing. Dim, dreary…

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