CAZZAROLA! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy (A Novel)
by Norman Nawrocki
“A brilliant title for a brilliant story of love and rage. Nawrocki skillfully manages to interweave scenes of everyday Italian life and fine psychological analysis in a grandiose historical fresco.”- Davide Turcato, historian of Italian anarchism, editor of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF BRRICO MALATESTA
“CAZZAROLA! is a gripping epic, political, historical, and romantic novel spanning 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a fictional family of Italian anarchists. It details the family’s heroic, multigenerational resistance to fascism in Italy and the ongoing involvement in the anarchist movement, militias, and attempts on Mussolini’s life, to postwar student and labor protest, and confronting the newest wave of contemporary neofascist violence sweeping Europe, the Discordias navigate the decades of political economic, and social turmoil. Against this historical backdrop, Antonio falls in love with Cinka, a proud but poverty-stricken Romani refugee from the “unwanted people,” without a country or home, forced to flee again and again in search for peace. Theirs becomes a life changing and forbidden relationship. Both are forced to reevaluate their lives and contend with cultural taboos, xenophobia, and the violent persecution of Romani refugees in Italy today.
978-1-60486-315-4 5×8 Paperback 336 Pages Fiction/History-Europe
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