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Alberto Piazzi
Sono Mattia, scala C
Mattia Castagna, is an outgoing and brilliant guy from the outskirts of Milan. It is in Italy in the 1970s that his story begins, when his childhood is upset by the sudden death of his father. Mattia, however, does not give up and even though still small, he does everything to support his mother Agnese and his brother Uccio. Then, as it often happens in life, something goes wrong and nothing will ever be the same. An accused innocence and an adolescence consumed in the company of interrupted boys and a determined girl, friends who will help him to stand up and fight, day after day, against the violence of a destiny that will continually bring him back in the face of his eternal enemies. A story of broken passions and dreams, which is intertwined with facts and events of the end of the century.

Irene Brin
Le perle di Jutta
In the wonderful Villa Rossi in Sasso di Bordighera, the family home where Irene Brin spent long summers and always found comfort, a leather trunk has been able to keep a precious secret for eighty-two years: The pearls of Jutta, the first and only novel  by the author. The unpublished text, poignant and astonishing, is set in a fashionable holiday resort between the two wars, among wealthy magnates, fallen nobles, reckless socialites and cynical gigolos. By discovering the life of Countess Jutta Hohenau - famous for always losing "something, the eyeglass, the dog, a glove, a husband, pearls" - the reader will thus learn the story of five other prodigious characters of the early twentieth century, divided between dreams aristocrats and celluloid myths. All of them will unexpectedly turn out to be contemporary in their vices and ambitions. But it will be the course of a single night, of a single elegant soirée, which will resolve their lives, showing their failed aspirations and desires for revenge, shipwrecked loves and attempts at new conquests.

Giulia Bassi

The formation of the Communist Leadership

This essay analyzes only a fragment of the Communist universe, reconstructing the complex path of definition and affirmation in the experience of the Italian Communist Party, between the years from the Livorno split and the death of Togliatti. Through an analysis of the rhetorical dynamics with which the leadership of the PCI managed that tension between revolutionary drive and democratic tactics – between "utopia" and "compromise" - which has been through it throughout its history, comes here restored a political dimension that is as dynamic as real as it is discourse, text, cultural construction.


Stefano Boni
Homo Comfort
When questioning  comfort, the identification of its mostly disregarded or silenced side effects, is something that shakes the foundations of what we consider our indispensable sensorial wellbeing. This questioning allows us to understand not just what we've gained but also what we have irremediably lost.
Everybody likes a comforting life, but is precisely this general and uncritical acceptance that should be investigated in order to understand the historical changes induced by an overpowering hyper-technology. Having arrogantly entered our daily routine, comfort has not just become a lifestyle but also a way of knowing that has moulded material culture, cognitive processes and the systems of evaluation themselves. Comfort takes the form of a totally social affair that allows us to inquire into the anthropological caesura that has given birth – at least in the western and westernised world – to an unprecedented type of humanity: Homo comfort. A humanity on the way of overcoming fatigue and pain, who at the same time however accepts an existential illness evermore widespread and the loss of sensual and cognitive abilities that were crafted over the course of centuries. This is a loss tht makes humanity more and more dependant on an omnipresent technology of which humans have little or no awareness.