Photo on the inside front cover of the book Partisan Winter by Giacomo Verri.
Nutrimenti publishing house.
240 pages – Eur 17,00
First edition: October 2012
A little boy in love, a restless young man, a retired professor, gentle and disoriented.
Three generations confronted with the abyss of history and the sense of choices,
in an unexpected reinterpretation of Resistance. Finalist at the Premio Calvino 2011.
During the days of Advent in 1943, a fight between Resistance partisans and fascists in the little town of Varallo marks the beginning of Resistance fight in Valsesia. Within the rebels camped in the snow of Briasco there’s a young university student, Jacopo Preti, who left his family and girlfriend Flora to join the Garibaldi’s Brigade led by Cino Moscatelli. Down in the valley, young Umberto Dedali, ten year old, who lives with his grandfather, also dreams about joining the bearded men in the mountains, so, displaying the attitude of the freedom fighter, he would show off in front of Maria, who gives him that thrill in the belly. Every day, in the evening, he puts up the Nativity Scene with his grandfather’s brother, Italo Trabucco, a retired teacher, who came back in the town of Borgosesia after having spent his life and career in Vercelli, and feels now forced by the present events to confront himself with his own inadequacy. Until one day, with no plain reason, Italo gets arrested and tortured within other twenty people, and only by chance he’s out of the ten who will be executed.
Partisan Winter describes the Resistance seventy years later, declining to present the colossal experience of a laceration that changed the history of a nation and its people. The author uses a new language, intricate and sensual, inspired by Dante and Homer as well as Fenoglio, Gadda and Calvino. A language that borrows words both from literature and family, that arches and stretches to surround and reveal the story. The liberation war is the protagonist of the novel by Giacomo Verri, as our only possible epic, paradigm of all the traumas that break everyday life, burn and hurt.