The first of its kind in English, Mafia and Outlaw Stories from
Italian Life and Literature is a selection of readings from Italian
fiction and non-fiction writers on the subject of the Mafia. Among
the renowned writers featured are Giovanni Verga, Grazia Deledda,
Anna Maria Ortese, Livia De Stefani, and Silvana La Spina, as well
as famous witnesses such as Felicia Impastato, Letizia Battaglia,
and Rita Atria who provide personal, often terrifying testimonies
about their experiences with the Mafia. It is a historically
diverse examination of criminal and outlaw institutions by some of
the most significant figures in Italian literature.
These newly translated writings show the ways in which Italians
perceived and wrote about the Mafia and crime from the 1880s to the
1990s. Among them are stories dealing with the important legends
used by the Mafia as sources for their image and ideology, legends
such as the brigand and the Blessed Paulists. Some of the
fascinating themes discussed are connections between the Mafia, the
State, and the Catholic Church; the Mafia and children; women and
the Mafia; the Black Hand; and relations between the Mafia and the
Allied Forces during the Second World War. Robin Pickering-Iazzi
incorporates an invaluable introduction that charts key periods in
the history of Italy and the Mafia, and profiles each of the
authors in the collection, noting their major works in Italian as
well as those available in English. These and other features make
this text especially appropriate for courses in Italian
Mafia and Outlaw Stories from Italian Life and Literature takes
a unique and intriguing approach to the subject of the Mafia, and
offers informedjudgements about its historical impact on Italian
society and culture.
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