Essays

Always Remember Your Name

A memoir by Andra and Tatiana Bucci. Forward by Ruth Franklin Andra and Tatiana Bucci, Always Remember Your Name, translated by Ann Goldstein. Astra House By all rights, this book…

The Jesuit

Nicola Chiaromonte, The Partisan Review, February 1948 We had been at school together, at the Collegio Massimo, the time-honored Jesuit college where the sons of the Roman middle class sit…

The Novel of Ferrara

Introduction by Jamie McKendrick to his translation of The Novel of Ferrara (W.W. Norton & Co., 2019) In short stories, novels, poems, and essays, Giorgio Bassani has composed perhaps the…

The State, the Church, and the Constitution.

Piero Calamandrei’s statement at the Constitutional Assembly, March 1947 Two years after the liberation of Italy, April 25th, 1945, the Constitutional Assembly discussed how to define the relation between Church…

A Memory of Le Murate

I was released from Le Murate three days ago.  In my section, there was an inmate from Prato – the nicest man, who had been “in” for the past fourteen…

Memorial Stones

The complex and often elusive workings of memory (including the memory and memorialization of the Shoah) have been often explored also by literature, from the immediate post-war period to the…