Book Talk: Discovery of the World: A Political Awakening in the Shadow of Mussolini by Luciana Castellina


Date: Apr 08, 2014

Speaker: Luciana Castellina, journalist and writer

In Discovery of the World (Verso Books, 2014), Castellina recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy–where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter–and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Writing directly from the diary she kept from 1943 to 1947, Castellina’s story moves backwards and forwards in time, capturing all the excitement and tumult of her teenage years and supplementing it with the retrospective wisdom earned by a remarkable set of experiences, adding up to a vivid account of coming to Communism in the post-war years.

Luciana Castellina is a journalist and writer based in Rome. She joined the Italian Communist Party in 1947 and was expelled in 1969 as part of the dissident il manifesto group. She has been a deputy in both the Italian Chamber of Deputies and a member of the European Parliament, where she was president of the Culture and Media commission. She has published numerous books in Italian, including the highly acclaimed Siberiana (2012).

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Italian Academy, and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality.

Date: Apr 08, 2014

Speaker: Luciana Castellina, journalist and writer

In Discovery of the World (Verso Books, 2014), Castellina recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy–where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter–and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Writing directly from the diary she kept from 1943 to 1947, Castellina’s story moves backwards and forwards in time, capturing all the excitement and tumult of her teenage years and supplementing it with the retrospective wisdom earned by a remarkable set of experiences, adding up to a vivid account of coming to Communism in the post-war years.

Luciana Castellina is a journalist and writer based in Rome. She joined the Italian Communist Party in 1947 and was expelled in 1969 as part of the dissident il manifesto group. She has been a deputy in both the Italian Chamber of Deputies and a member of the European Parliament, where she was president of the Culture and Media commission. She has published numerous books in Italian, including the highly acclaimed Siberiana (2012).

Co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Italian Academy, and the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality.

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