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. Leggi tutto… →

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08 2013

Bonifica 2.0: Argini, Sentieri e Vie d’acqua – Convegno

24 luglio 2013
10:30a12:30

Il 24 luglio 2013, alle 10.30, presso la Sala Tevere della Regione Lazio, si terrà il Convegno dal titolo BONIFICA 2.0: Argini, Sentieri e Vie d’acqua, dall’idea “Pianura Blu” di Antonio Pennacchi. Interverranno lo Scrittore e il Responsabile Scientifico del POMOS, il Prof. Frattale Mascioli.

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07 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.

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07 2013

Atheist Spirituality su Canale Mussolini

The Mussolini Canal [Sul sito Atheist Spirituality una riflessione sulla traduzione inglese di Canale Mussolini firmata Geoff Crocker]

This is a long but charming tale of the Peruzzi family who are evicted from their sharecropping life in northern Italy, and join an exodus south to tame and farm the Pontine Marshes. Steinbeck’s ‘Grapes of Wrath’ is mentioned in the text, and has echoes in this exodus, as it does in the moving finale for Armida. But the charming family story too readily becomes a device to excuse fascism. Socialism is for intellectuals and the truly destitute, who burn the haystacks of farmers who refuse to take on an extra quota of labour. The hardworking poor who have some chance of survival and improvement cling to a stable social structure, and oppose the very poor who have no chance but to overthrow the feudal order. So feudalism morphs into fascism. Similarly, protection of endangered species and of the environment are luxuries the farmer striving to survive cannot afford. Bring on the DDT!

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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.

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05 2013

Pennacchi a Valdagno

15 novembre 2011
20:30

Martedi 15 novembre alle ore 20:30 Antonio Pennacchi presenterà “Palude” presso la Sala Soster di Palazzo Festari a Valdagno.

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11 2011

Prossimi appuntamenti con l’autore

14 novembre 2011
15 novembre 2011
16 novembre 2011

Lun 14 Novembre TREVISO
ore 18.30 Treviso presso la libreria Canova in via Calmaggiore

Mart 15 Novembre
ore 10.30: SAN BONIFACIO (VR)
presso Sala Civica Barbarani – via Marconi (incontro con le scuole)

ore 20.30: VALDAGNO (VI)
presso Sala Soster palazzo Festari – corso Italia 63

Merc 16 Novembre VERONA
ore 11.00: Verona presso Aula Magna del liceo scientifico “Messedaglia” – via Bertoni 3b

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11 2011

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
21:30a22:30

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