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Glenn Rikowski


Dear All

The Italian Department is organising a new series of interdisciplinary research seminars. Our first guest speaker will be Dr Alberto Toscano (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths) ( who will present a paper entitled ‘The Non-State Intellectual: Franco Fortini and Communist Criticism’. The seminar will take place on Thursday September 29 at 6pm in Woolf College Seminar Room 3. All welcome.

For a list of forthcoming seminars, please, see below. For further information, contact Dr Lorenzo Chiesa (<>) or Dr Francesco Capello (<>).

Best wishes
Lorenzo & Francesco

Dr Lorenzo Chiesa
Reader in Modern European Thought
Head of Italian

Dr Francesco Capello
Lecturer in Italian



Thursday, 29 September 2011 (Week One):
Dr Alberto Toscano (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Goldsmiths), ‘The Non-State Intellectual: Franco Fortini and Communist Criticism’

Thursday, 13 October 2011 (Week Three):
Dr Andrea Mammone (Lecturer in Modern History, Kingston University London), ‘Italian Neofascism and the Idea of Europe since 1945’

Thursday, 17 November 2011 (Week Eight) [date TBC]:
Dr Manuele Gragnolati (Reader in Italian, Oxford), ‘On Pasolini’s Petrolio’

Confirmed speakers for the Spring Term include Dr Deborah Holmes (Lecturer in German, Kent); Dr Luisa Lorenza Corna (Researcher, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht) & Dr Lynda DeMatteo (Researcher, CNRS-Laios, Paris).

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“The Italian Communist leadership of the generation of 1943-45 is exceptional: it has been described with wonderful skill in Rossana Rossanda’s recent autobiography.” — Eric Hobsbawm, LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS:

“Rossanda’s autobiography is the best book of the year.” – LA STAMPA

“For nearly four decades, Rossanda has been Manifesto’s most individual editorialist and commentator … a unique signature in the Italian press.” – NEW LEFT REVIEW:

“Honest and painful … party, relationships, victories and, most of all, defeats compose a memorable fresco and a precious testimony.” –  LA REPUBLICA

“A beautiful book, full of poetic pages, written in an elegant and evocative Italian reminiscent of Natalia Ginzburg.” – CORRIERE DELLA SERA


In this much-lauded memoir, acclaimed for its blend of literary elegance and political passion, Rossana Rossanda, a legendary figure on the Italian left, reflects on a life of radical commitment.

Active as a communist militant in the Italian Resistance against fascism during World War Two, Rossanda rose rapidly in its aftermath, becoming editor of the Communist Party weekly paper and a member of parliament. Initially a party loyalist, she was critical of the party’s conservatism in the face of new radical movements and moved into oppositionduring the late 1960s. The breach widened after she and others publicly opposed the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and were expelled in 1969. She went on to help found the influential paper IL MANIFESTO, which remains the most critical daily in Berlusconi’s Italy.

Her unique experience enables her to reconstruct that period with flair and authority. She paints a revealing picture of fascism, communism, post-war reconstruction and the revolts thatshook Europe in the 1960s.

In THE COMRADE FROM MILAN, one of the most influential intellectuals of the European Left relives the storms of the twentieth century. Both cool-headed and precise, Rossanda provides a rare insight into what it once meant to be politically engaged.


ROSSANA ROSSANDA is one of the founders of IL MANIFESTO and a regular contributor to NEW LEFT REVIEW. She is the author of numerous books, including LE ALTRE, CONVERSAZIONI SULLE PAROLE DELLA POLITICA, UN VIAGGIO INUTIE, ANCHE PER ME, APPUNTAMENTI DI FINE SECOLO with Pietro Ingrao et al., LA VITA BREVE with Filippo Gentiloni and Brigate Rosse, UNA STORIA ITALIANA with Maria Moretti and Carla Mosca.


ISBN: 978 1 84467 420 6 / £29.99 / $49.95 / Hardback / 400 pages


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