Pushing Past the Night: Coming to Terms With Italy's Terrorist Past
Book: Pushing Past the Night: Coming to Terms With Italy's Terrorist Past , by Mario Calabresi, Michael Moore, ISBN10: 1590513002, ISBN13: 9781590513002, Other Press, LLC, October 2009, Paperback
Mario Calabresi has worked for Italian news agency ANSA and for the Roman daily La Stampa. He has served as managing editor of the Italian daily La Repubblica and currently works as their New York correspondent.
Michael F. Moore
Michael F. Moore is the translator of the novels Three Horses (Other Press, 2005) and God’s Mountain by Erri De Luca, The Silence of the Body by Guido Ceronetti, the poetry of Alfredo Giuliani, and essays by Pier Paolo Pasolini. He is currently working on a new translation of the classic nineteenth-century novel The Betrothed, by Alessandro Manzoni.
December 15, 1969, was the most important day of Mario Calabresi's life, although he would not be born for another year. On that date, the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli fell to his death from a window at the Milan police headquarters, where he was being questioned about his role in the Piazza Fontana massacre, the most infamous episode of domestic terrorism in Italy.
Police Inspector Luigi Calabresi, Mario's father, was in the building, though not in the room, at the time of the accident. This didn't stop the rumors that Pinelli had been killed by Calabresi. These suspicions kicked off "a ferocious lynching, albeit in slow motion"—as the Italian paper La Repubblica characterized it—that culminated in the murder of Luigi Calabresi outside his home one morning in 1972. Calabresi left behind his pregnant wife and two young sons.
In this memoir, Mario Calabresi explores the personal and political fallout of Italy's era of domestic terrorism in a poignant and very personal account. His grief at the murder of his father is balanced by a desire to overcome the divisions that still scar Italy today. This powerful book calls not only for accountability but also for redemption. As Mario Calabresi's mother always told him, you have to look to the future, stake your bets on life, and refuse to be a prisoner of hatred.
On May 17, 1972, at the height of Italy's decade-long political turmoil known as the Years of Lead, author Calabresi's father Luigi was assassinated in front of his home, leaving behind his pregnant wife and sons, including a two-year old Mario. Calabresi's assassination was the result of political speculation surrounding the aftermath of Milan's 1969 domestic-terrorist attack known as the Fontana Square Massacre, when three days later one of the suspects, Giuseppe Pinelli, fell to his death from a fourth-floor office window belonging to Luigi Calabresi. Several political factions-foremost Lotta Continua-loudly and violently protested the government's response to the bombing, blaming Police Commissioner Luigi Calabresi for Pinelli's death. In this odd blend of history and memoir, Calabresi seeks healing and his own kind of justice by recreating his father's life from his mother's stories, trying to come to terms with the violence that caused his father's death and his own subsequent rage. Better as a long article than as a book, Mario's repetitious writing offers more insights into the various Italian political factions of the past thirty years than it does into his own heart.
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