Tragic loss, for the family involved, and more grandly for the country, but uplifting for modern times, when we in Europe and beyond see our democracies increasingly under threat from without and within, to see that we can produce these brave selfless men and omen, who stand up when others lie down.Read More Book Reviews at
This memoir is a meticulously researched analysis of one very unusual family, living in very unusual times.
They grow into three very different characters, although the eldest ( Aldo) is killed in World War One before he really gets started in life, and as a family they remain extremely close.
The bonds are not weakened in later life, even after months of separation.The lives of the Rosselli family, their riends and wider family circle, are explored in parallel and intertwined with the rise of Fascis, and Italian fascism.
They are spurred into actively resisting the rise of totalitarianism with the rape of their friends and hero, Matteotti, by Mussolini ’ s secret police, for speaking in parliament against the nazi, and Mussolini in particular.The author gives quite a lot of detail as to how this minority party grabbed a chokehold on power, through thuggish squadristi street gangs using their manganelli to intimidate, and a politically inept and supine Avantine parliament.
No less than his father, Nello gets involved in opening domestic underground newspapers ( so many it is toug to keep track of, as normally they were closed down very quickly) to disseminate the anti-fascist message, amongst other activities, all of which could have gotten him summarily killed.
While Mussolini ’ s father in law has been proven to be involved, there is no concrete evidence that Mussolini himself ordered it, but it is harder to conceive he was naware of plans to nullify the threat of his biggest political rival, and of his increasingly-renowned brother.
The power of social Media has been shown ( Arab Spring, for instanc), but the risk of “ fake news ” is increasing, hence the dire need for honest, unsparing old-fashioned journalism.This is a novel about lost leaders, a lost generation, but you can also see the genesis of the ream of a United Europe, which began to bear fruit in the EEC, now the EU, in these far-sighted men and women.It is a storie about the type of person I would like to think I am, not to lie down but to speak up, to speak out.
A must-read, for anyone interested in the sacrifices people have made, to allow us to live in the world we have today.