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If the King goes away

· The novel ·

The Second World War has just ended, Rome begins laboriously to live again amidst sufferings, deprivations and high hopes: in the novel by Lia Levi If the King goes away (e/o 1996) the desire to start again is lived and told by a curious and attentive Jewish girl. The rubble, the set-back of hunger, the U.S. aid and the momentous June 2, 1946 when, for the first time in Italy, women also voted. The girl photographs everything: the awareness of the historicity of the moment; the political life that brings together all - indeed all -  women; the concern that they would vote as a compact group for the monarchy; the nightmare of lipstick (at the time, the electoral ballot had to be closed like an envelope, and it was feared that traces of colour could invalidate the vote). In the nervousness of the mother and the father, in the unaniminity of the scene that sees both men and women draw near to the polling station, through the eyes of the little girl Lia Levi, the mood of an entire community called upon to enter into a relationship with something that is truly new is portrayed with great skill. (@ GiuliGaleotti)




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