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Canale Mussolini Parte Seconda

Da martedì 1 dicembre in libreria.

Il 25 maggio del 1944 – ultimo giorno di guerra a Littoria – nel breve intervallo tra la partenza dei tedeschi e l’arrivo in città degli angloamericani, Diomede Peruzzi entra nella Banca d’Italia devastata e ne svaligia il tesoro. È qui che hanno inizio – diranno – la sua folgorante carriera imprenditoriale e lo sviluppo stesso di Latina tutta. Ma sarà vero? Read the rest of this entry →


11 2015

Storia di Karel in libreria dal 20 novembre

Storia di Karel Il 20 novembre sarà disponibile in tutte le librerie il nuovo romanzo Storia di Karel. Ecco in anteprima i risguardi e l’immagine definitiva di copertina:

Il nostro era l’ultimo pianeta ai confini della galassia. Dopo di lui, solo il buio.

La Colonia è un lembo di terra ai confini della galassia. I suoi abitanti, pochi, nel deserto e lontani dal mare, sono costretti a vivere secondo princìpi ferrei. Tutto è regolato da un fantasmagorico potere, invisibile, globale e realissimo, quello della Federazione.

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11 2013

The Mussolini Canal su The Sunday Herald

[Recensione di The Mussolini Canal sul Sunday Herald firmata da Rosemary Goring]

In the week that the last old-style Man Booker prize was awarded, one can’t help wishing that in its bid to widen its horizons, the prize organisers had decided in future to include English translations as well as all works in English published in Britain.

Were that the case, a novel such as The Mussolini Canal would be a shoo-in.

Winner of Italy’s prestigious Strega Prize in 2010, this is Antonio Pennacchi’s second novel, his first, Il Fasciocomunista, having won the Premio Napoli. As the labyrinthine story unfolds, the reader scarcely needs Pennacchi’s prefatory note that: “For what it’s worth, this is the book I came into the world to write.” In every line The Mussolini Canal feels personal, as if its plot and cast emerge not from the writer’s imagination but from his marrow. A hefty work, of more than 500 pages, it is so beguiling one does not want it to end. Rambunctious and picaresque, it is the story of a generation of poverty-stricken peasants from the Veneto and Tuscany, who were enticed south in the 1930s by the promise of land in the dreaded Pontine marshes, near Rome. Until that time, nobody sane would have gone there, the place a mosquito-infested swamp. But under Mussolini’s fledgling rule, the marshes were properly drained for the first time in history, allowing land to be reclaimed, and many lives with it. Read the rest of this entry →


10 2013

Louisiana Literature 2013 – Canale Mussolini in Danimarca

Antonio Pennacchi al Louisiana Literature 2013

Fotografo: Klaus Holsting

Il Louisiana Literature è un festival letterario che si svolge ogni anno nel Louisiana Museum di Humlebaek, vicino a Copenaghen. Alla rassegna 2013 hanno partecipato 40 autori, tra i quali Ian McEwan, Colum McCann, Erlend Loe e Zadie Smith, con lezioni e letture.

Questa foto  di Antonio Pennacchi sul Mare del Nord è stata scattata da Klaus Holsting.

Questa intervista su Canale Mussolini è stata realizzata daTv2 ed è andata in onda il 28 agosto 2013:

Canale Mussolini alla televisione di stato danese


09 2013

Canale Mussolini recensito sul Tribune

The Mussolini Canal

[Entusiasta recensione apparsa sul Tribune firmata da Scarlet McGuire]
It is the voice that lifts this novel from being a fascinating story of a peasant exodus from northern Italy to the Pontine Marshes, as part of a fascist bid to reclaim agricultural land, to a magnificent rollicking saga offering a cockeyed version of modern Italian history (while sticking to the facts) which begs to be read. The irreverent voice of the narrator relates,with humour,the adventures of his 17 uncles and aunts under the grip of a gran whose bottom was much appreciated by Mussolini.
This is not a heart-wringing story of poverty and suffering, for the Peruzzi family refuse to be victims; they are the stars of their own soap opera. Pennacchi brilliantly brings them to life, from mild Unclce Adelchi, whose obsession with uniforms ultimately leads him to become a policeman, to Uncle Themistocles, who went off to fight the German in Great War. Uncle Pericles gets the lead role;fascist thug as amiable hothead. Pennacchi makes his characters loveable but they follow Mussolini.
Il Duce decided to drain the Pontine Marshes,near Rome, and bring 2,000 fascist families from northern Italy to work the reclaimed land abutting the newly built Mussolini Canal. Two storey houses were built for each family as part of an enormous model town project. While the narrator lampoons the vanity and excesses of fascism, in particular the fat dictator, he also explains its lure, and documents its failure, through the eyes of the Peruzzi family, and he understands the nostalgia of many Italians for a country which worked. Read the rest of this entry →


08 2013

Intervista su Pianura Blu- Rai3 – TgLazio

Antonio Pennacchi intervistato dal Tg3 su Pianura Blu

Intervista di Mauro Maulucci sul progetto Pianura Blu e la possibilità di rendere navigabili i canali dell’Agro Pontino. Tg3 Lazio del 18 luglio 2013. Conduttrice: Sabrina Bellomo.


07 2013

The Mussolini Canal su The Warwick Review

[Questa recensione di Canale Mussolini firmata da Caterina Sinibaldi apparirà sul numero di Giugno 2013 della rivista del dipartimento di Letteratura Inglese della Warwick University]

In this great family saga, Pennacchi follows the lives of two generations of Perruzzis, sharecroppers from the Veneto region, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the aftermath of World War II and the fall of Fascism. The first part of the book takes place in the Veneto villages of Copparo and Codigoro; in the second part, as a result of Mussolini’s revaluation of the lira (the so-called quota 90), the Perruzzi family is forced to migrate to the Lazio region, where they will work on the reclamation of the Pontine Marshes.

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06 2013

The Mussolini Canal su Historical Novel Society

The Mussolini Canal

[Recensione della versione inglese di Canale Mussolini (traduzione di Judith Landry) firmata da Alan Fisk sul numero 64 della Historical Novel Review]

Many dictators from Nero to Napoleon had set out to drain the Italy’s malarial Pontine Marshes, but it was Mussolini who finally succeeded. The Peruzzi family, sharecroppers from northern Italy who had lost their livelihood, become part of the 30,000 migrants who settled in the marshes to build the Mussolini Canal, which carried away excess river water that would resurrect the marsh if given a chance.

There is no hero in this novel, but instead a whole crowd of heroes and heroines in the vast, tough Peruzzi family, who take whatever the 20th century can throw at them and throw as much as they can back at it. Their lives are moved by Socialism and then Fascism, including their very personal relationship with Mussolini himself.

No hero, and no plot, but instead an absorbing and lively story of the Peruzzi family and their lives of poverty and struggle, love and hate. This is a long novel, but I was sorry to see it end, and I can’t remember when I last said that about a book.


05 2013

Antonio Pennacchi a Vetralla presenta Palude

Copertina PaludeE’ stato un successone l’ultima tappa di “Ottobre piovono libri” in compagnia di  Antonio Pennacchi. Sala consiliare gremita a Vetralla, tutti ad aspettare uno dei più brillanti scrittori contemporanei. Un appuntameno emozionante, di quelli che ci restano dentro e ci rendo più ricchi interiormente. Un Pennacchi in grande forma, un Pennacchi che ha spaziato su molte tematiche, un Pennacchi che ha iniziato a parlare della sua scrittura:
“Per me la scrittura è una tortura, è la mia “mission” per raccontare le storie della mia gente “.

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10 2011

Antonio Pennacchi ospite a Niente di Personale

20 febbraio 2011

Questa sera alle 21:30 Antonio Pennacchi sarà ospite di Antonello Piroso su La7  insieme ad Alessandro Sallusti, Enrico Ruggeri, Eugenio Finardi e Giampaolo Morelli.

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02 2011