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Partisan Diary: A Woman's Life in the Italian Resistance

Ada Gobetti. Jomarie Alano, trans.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780199380541
Pages/Publication Date 357/2014
Daedalus Item Code 73341
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From the German entry into Turin on September 10, 1943, to the liberation of the city on April 28, 1945, Italian resistance (Resistenza) member Ada Gobetti recorded an almost daily account of events, thoughts, and personalities, using a cryptic English only she could understand. Italian senator and philosopher Benedetto Croce encouraged Gobetti to convert her notes into a book, which—when it appeared in 1956—won the Premio Prato, an annual prize for a work inspired by the Italian Resistance. Gobetti provides firsthand knowledge of how the partisans in the Piedmont fought, what obstacles they encountered, and who joined the struggle against the Nazis and the Fascists. So arduous was their fight that key military events—Italy's declaration of war on Germany, the fall of Rome, and the Allied landings on D-Day—appear in the diary as remote and almost unrelated incidents. Gobetti writes of the heartbreak of mothers who lost their sons or watched them leave on dangerous missions of sabotage, relating it to worries about her own son Paolo. She reflects on the relationship between antifascist thought of the 1920s, in particular the ideas of her husband Piero Gobetti, and the Resistenza in which she and her son were participating.

"Ada Gobetti gave the world the gift of her memoir, Diario partigiano, and now Jomarie Alano has given us the gift, at long last, of the English translation of this extraordinary testimony of everyday life and activism in the Italian Resistance. Alano is Gobetti's biographer as well as her translator; as such, she is uniquely suited to the task of bringing Gobetti's memoir to a wider public. Thanks to Alano's introduction, readers will appreciate Ada Gobetti's activism for what it was: a lifelong struggle, from the early days of the antifascist movement in the 1920s through the women's liberation movement of the '60s and '70s. Partisan Diary is an extraordinary primary source for historians of Resistance, gender, and fascism."—Paula Schwartz

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