Essays

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…

Where are sociologists when we need them?

Alessandro Cassin We are facing a new world: in recent months, the pandemic, the shortcomings of our political system, the unrestrained use of social media, the crisis of traditional journalism,…

Legitimizing Fascism Through the Holocaust?  

The reception of the TV miniseries Perlasca: un eroe italiano in Italy. As the Holocaust becomes increasingly present in the political discourse in the US, Europe and Israel, this reflection by…

A Note From a Refugee of 75 Years Ago

While browsing the files of the UNRRA archive looking for data on the DP camps at Santa Maria di Leuca, I found this memo that a refugee named Ladislav Lang…

Never Again What?

On the Hard Questions Primo Levi’s Still Asking   One hundred years ago Primo Levi was born in Turin, the first-born son of a middle-class Jewish-Italian family. They were turbulent…

Weightless

… our poor body, so vulnerable to swords, to guns and to viruses, is space-proof. Republished from: Granta Image: Ernesto Neto, The Body that carries me, 2006 What I would…

Defoe as a Possible Model

The structure of History, a Novel, departs substantially from Morante’s previous novels and poses some interesting interpretative questions. While critics have often pointed to similarities with the narrative structure of…