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10 stories by 11 different authors to fully immerse you in the Addis Ababa Massacre, 10 ghost stories to remember the Italian infamies in Ethiopia
Cronache dalla polvere
In 1936 the Italian army conquered the capital of the Ethiopian empire, Addis Ababa. For those populations a new beginning: Roman peace, as Benito Mussolini defined it.
To not to forget
As Italians, we were raised with the myth that, after all, in Africa we were “the good ones”, people who, unlike the French and the English, had been made in those lands as the fate of “
This element will be the starting point of all the stories which, however, are extremely heterogeneous from each other, providing a 360 ° version of those facts. From this point of view, very interesting “Ethiopian volunteer register here!” which also tells the story of Memnon, the king of
Another very interesting peculiarity is that, in most of these stories, the figure of the “ghost” is present. The way in which it will interact with the protagonists depends on the individual stories, but its presence provides even more ideas to the plot, increasing its symbolic value. The risk, in works of this type, is that of becoming a sort of “news from the front”, eliminating its narrative and / or poetic value. This choice, on the other hand, allows the reader to fully enjoy the horrors told, exploiting the symbology to identify with them and understand even more.
Moreover, it makes it a text suitable for a younger audience as well, so much so that, if I were a professor, I would see it very well as a read in a high school. Furthermore, the magnificent illustrations by Alberto Merlin simplify everything also from the visual aspect, making the eyes enjoy with drawings of impressive beauty.
“Cronache dalla polvere” enchanted me from the cover, so much so that last Milanese Book Pride I also went to see its presentation. I remember that moment with great pleasure, because, in a certain sense, it showed the “gem” of this work: the life of the writers. In fact, just before the end of the book, each author tells the story of his family in those years, making us really reflect on who we are and who we were.
Personally, I remember returning home thunderstruck: they were themes and thoughts that I almost never set myself, convinced that fascism, after all, was something horrible, distant and external; their stories, of “normal” women and men, however, are a precious testimony able to help us analyze the phenomenon, which is more relevant than ever.
Smooth, intelligent, pleasant to read, with beautiful graphics; a text that deserves to be read in every school for the value it brings.
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