Life Under Mussolini
By Cosimo Arrichiello
282 pages, Illustrated, 6" x 9 ¼"
$37.50 Paper Original
Set against a backdrop of political turmoil during Mussolini's reign of Fascist
rule, the author's account of Neapolitan family life is epic in its scope and
powerfully moving in its humanity. From the early 1920s to Mussolini's rise
to power in the years preceding the Second World War, Italy underwent an unprecedented
economic, social and political transformation.
However, instead of the longed for renaissance, in which II Duce would restore
the fatherland to the glory of its Ancient Roman Empire, the country spiraled
into a period poverty, fear, indoctrination and eventually war, as the Italian
dictator pursued a fatal alliance with Hitler and his ruthless expansion in
Europe. All of this is seen through the eyes of Cosimo, a young catholic boy
growing up on the outskirts of Naples, full of dreams and aspirations for a
From Rome to Paris, from Rouen to Java, young Cosimo's hopes and heartbreaks
are chronicled with a wealth of anecdote and colorful characters. As war takes
its toll on his land and people, he is forced to leave his Bella Napoli, first
as a conscript hiding out in the rural north, and eventually, like thousands
before him, as an émigré, bound for an unforeseeable future in an unknown land.
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