The Moro Affair

In this book, Leonardo Sciasica, a master of detective fiction, untangles the real-life events of these crucial weeks and provides a unique insight into the dangerous world of Italian politics in the 1970s.

The Moro Affair

On 16 March 1978, Aldo Moro, former Italian Prime Minister, was ambushed in Rome. Within three minutes the gang killed all five members of his escort and bundled Moro into one of three getaway cars. An hour later the Red Brigades announced that Moro was in their hands; on 18 March they said he would be tried in a 'people's court of justice'. Seven weeks later Moro's body was discovered in the boot of a Renault parked in the crowded centre of Rome. In this book, Leonardo Sciasica, a master of detective fiction, untangles the real-life events of these crucial weeks and provides a unique insight into the dangerous world of Italian politics in the 1970s.

Body of State

Body of State offers a critical perspective on the Moro Affair and on Marco Baliani's work.

Body of State

Body of State offers a critical perspective on the Moro Affair and on Marco Baliani s work. With contributions from scholars, theater practitioners, teachers, and students, it constitutes a unique resource for disciplines that train on the intersection of art and politics. The relevance of the topic raise the interest of the audience as well."

The Aldo Moro Affaire

If we look at the history of the twentieth century, only one other episode in the news can be compared to that of the kidnapping and assassination of Aldo Moro, or the case of the assassination of President Kennedy. The Moro affair, in ...

The Aldo Moro Affaire

The kidnapping of Aldo Moro lasted 55 days, from March 16, 1978, the day of the ambush in Fani street, to the following May 9, when the body of the president of the Christian Democratic Party was found in Caetani street. But if the most famous kidnapping in the history of Italy ended tragically in less than two months, the political-judicial case that followed has been going on for decades. The Aldo Moro affaire, in fact, represents the darkest point in Italian republican history. This is a story in which everyone got their hands dirty: terrorists, politicians, journalists, law enforcement, secret services, the Vatican, governments, international spies, military from different countries. Telling the Aldo Moro affaire means trying to reassemble a mosaic made up of billions of pieces, with the certainty of having many artifact pieces in our hands. Even after years of studying papers, parliamentary commissions, precise reconstructions, detailed analyzes and comparisons of all kinds, one has the sensation that one feels in front of a broken or chipped mirror: there is always something wrong, there is always something out of place. Here then is that the case of the kidnapping and killing of Aldo Moro and in his bodyguards remains a very open case that divides historians, journalists and politicians, all in search of truth, a truth hidden from forty years of lies.

The Moro Morality Play

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The Moro Morality Play

On March 16, 1978, the former prime minister of Italy, Aldo Moro, was kidnapped by the Red Brigades, and what followed—the fifty-five days of captivity that resulted in Moro's murder—constitutes one of the most striking social dramas of the twentieth century. In this compelling study of terrorism, Robin Wagner-Pacifici employs methods from sociology, symbolic anthropology, and literary criticism to decode the many social "texts" that shaped the event: political speeches, newspaper reports, television and radio news, editorials, photographs, Moro's letters, Red Brigade communiques, and appeals by various international figures. The analysis of these "texts" calls into question the function of politics, social drama, spectacle, and theater. Wagner-Pacifici provides a dramaturgic analysis of the Moro affair as a method for discussing the culture of politics in Italy.

Remembering Aldo Moro

the Moro affair as the recounting of a tragedy. As he argues in 'Diario', this historical event in fact appears already emplotted, to use Hayden White's terminology, in the classic form of tragedy; it entails a tragic scenario and a ...

Remembering Aldo Moro

The 1978 kidnapping and murder of Christian Democrat politician, Aldo Moro, marked the watershed of Italy's experience of political violence in the period known as the 'years of lead' (1969-c.1983). This uniquely interdisciplinary volume explores the evolving legacy of Moro's death in the Italian cultural imaginary, from the late 1970s to the present. Bringing a wide range of critical perspectives to bear, interventions by experts in the fields of political science, social anthropology, philosophy, and cultural critique elicit new understandings of the events of 1978 and explain their significance and relevance to present-day Italian culture and society.

Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies A J

L'affaire Moro was published within a few months of the assassination of the Christian Democrat politician, Aldo Moro, ex-prime minister and architect in the mid-1970s of a political understanding between the Christian Democrats and ...

Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies  A J

Containing almost 600 entries, this impressive 2-volume reference presents detailed and authoritative treatment of the field of Italian literature, with attention both to the work and influence of individual writers of all genres and to movements, styles, and critical approaches.

Italy in the International System from D tente to the End of the Cold War

position in favour of negotiating with the terrorists.92 From this standpoint, the US presence in the 'Moro affair' should not be neglected. However, nor should Washington be viewed as a source of shadowy plotting, but as a visible ...

Italy in the International System from D  tente to the End of the Cold War

This edited collection offers a new approach to the study of Italy’s foreign policy from the 1960s to the end of the Cold War, highlighting its complex and sometimes ambiguous goals, due to the intricacies of its internal system and delicate position in the fault line of the East-West and North-South divides. According to received opinion, during the Cold War era Italy was more an object rather than a factor in active foreign policy, limiting itself to paying lip service to the Western alliance and the European integration process, without any pretension to exerting a substantial international influence. Eleven contributions by leading Italian historians reappraise Italy’s international role, addressing three complex and intertwined issues, namely, the country’s political-diplomatic dimension; the economic factors affecting Rome’s international stance; and Italy’s role in new approaches to the international system and the influence of political parties’ cultures in the nation’s foreign policy.

Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy

Giovanni Moro has refused to sit next to Andreotti and Cossiga at any of the official commemorations over the years. ... Leonardo Sciascia, L'Affaire Moro (Palermo: Sellerio, 1978); and The Moro Affair (extended edition), trans.

Assassinations and Murder in Modern Italy

An extraordinary series of murders and political assassinations has marked contemporary Italian history, from the killing of the king in 1900 to the assassination of former prime minister Aldo Moro in 1978. This book explores well-known and lesser-known assassinations and murders in their historical, political and cultural contexts.

Contemporary Terror

At the time of the Moro affair, the Red Brigades went as far as appealing to the movement to join the Brigades« struggle. It is important to note that the movement«s response was a strong rejection, coupled with an equally strong ...

Contemporary Terror

First published in 1981, this book contains papers on terrorism, presented to the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts (ISODARCO). The subject is a complex one as ‘one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom-fighter’. No simple solution exist to the threat to domestic and international stability posed by the increased use of violence employed by various politically-motivated groups, challenging the authority of sovereign states. Many of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism and sub-state violence are among the contributors here, including J. Bowyer Bell, Jillian Becker, and Alessandro Silj, and participants come from a wide range of countries and professions. This book will be of interest to students of conflict and international relations, as well as policy-makers at many levels, and the general public in many countries.

The Italian Cinema Book

The three movies that focus directly on the Moro affair borrow from three very different genres. Giuseppe Ferrara's Il caso Moro (The Moro Case, 1988) belongs to the tradition of investigative cinema or cinema d'inchiesta which harks ...

The Italian Cinema Book

THE ITALIAN CINEMA BOOK is an essential guide to the most important historical, aesthetic and cultural aspects of Italian cinema, from 1895 to the present day. With contributions from 39 leading international scholars, the book is structured around six chronologically organised sections: THE SILENT ERA (1895–22) THE BIRTH OF THE TALKIES AND THE FASCIST ERA (1922–45) POSTWAR CINEMATIC CULTURE (1945–59) THE GOLDEN AGE OF ITALIAN CINEMA (1960–80) AN AGE OF CRISIS, TRANSITION AND CONSOLIDATION (1981 TO THE PRESENT) NEW DIRECTIONS IN CRITICAL APPROACHES TO ITALIAN CINEMA Acutely aware of the contemporary 'rethinking' of Italian cinema history, Peter Bondanella has brought together a diverse range of essays which represent the cutting edge of Italian film theory and criticism. This provocative collection will provide the film student, scholar or enthusiast with a comprehensive understanding of the major developments in what might be called twentieth-century Italy's greatest and most original art form.

Imagining Terrorism

Although Bologna and Ustica certainly rank among the darkest mysteries of the Italian republic, the Moro affair unquestionably represents the most traumatic event ever faced by Italy after the end of the Second World War.

Imagining Terrorism

No other European country experienced the disruption of political and everyday life suffered by Italy in the so-called 'years of lead' (1969-c.1983), when there were more than 12,000 incidents of terrorist violence. This experience affected all aspects of Italian cultural life, shaping political, judicial and everyday language as well as artistic representation of every kind. In this innovative and broad-ranging study, experts from the fields of philosophy, history, media, law, cinema, theatre and literary studies trace how the experience and legacies of terrorism have determined the form and content of Italian cultural production and shaped the country's way of thinking about such events?

Inquisition and Inquiry

It's only that L'affaire Moro is written forcefully , like an invective . It is the reconstruction of that event through the letters of the DC president , the communications of the Red Brigades and the subsequent declarations of the ...

Inquisition and Inquiry

This study focuses on the narrative form which figured prominently in Sciascia's literary production in the 1970s and 1980s, that is, inchiesta, the non-fiction investigative essay, based principally on Manzoni's Storia della colonna infame [The Column of Infamy]. In his inchieste Sciascia investigates episodes in history, from the time of the Inquisition through to his own contemporary times, where intolerance and injustice outmatch human weakness and fear. This study considers Sciascia's commingling of detective and investigative writing, and his attempts at historiography. One striking feature of his narrative technique is his reliance on literature to interpret the past.

L affaire Moro

L affaire Moro


Speaking Out and Silencing

affaire evokes Zola's intervention in the affaire Dreyfus: a powerful precedent for literary intervention in a national political crisis. Referring to a short story by Borges,29 he implies that the Moro 'affair' is indeed a story which ...

Speaking Out and Silencing

Commonly referred to collectively as the anni di piombo -- years of lead -- the 1970s have been seen as a parenthesis in Italian history, which was dominated by political violence and terrorism. The seventeen essays in this wide-ranging collection adopt different scholarly perspectives to challenge this monolithic view and uncover the complexity of the decade, exploring its many facets and re-assessing political conflict. The volume brings to the fore the ruptures of the period through an examination of literature, film, gender relations, party politics and political participation, social structures and identities. This more balanced assessment of the period allows the vibrancy and dynamism of new social and cultural movements to emerge. The long-lasting effects of this period on Italian culture and society and its crucial legacy to the present are lucidly revealed, dispelling the widely-held belief that the 1970s were largely a regressive decade. With the contributions: Anna Cento Bull, Adalgisa Giorgio -- The 1970s through the Looking GlassPiero Ignazi -- Italy in the 1970s between Self-Expression and OrganicismPaola Di Cori -- Listening and Silencing. Italian Feminists in the 1970s: Between autocoscienza and TerrorismAmalia Signorelli -- Women in Italy in the 1970sLesley Caldwell -- Is the Political Personal? Fathers and Sons in Bertolucci's Tragedia di un uomo ridicolo and Amelio's Colpire al cuoreJennifer Burns -- A Leaden Silence? Writers' Responses to the anni di piomboAdalgisa Giorgio -- From Little Girls to Bad Girls: Women's Writing and Experimentalism in the 1970s and 1990sEnrico Palandri -- The Difficulty of a Historical Perspective on the 1970sMark Donovan -- The Radicals: An Ambiguous Contribution to Political InnovationCarl Levy -- Intellectual Unemployment and Political Radicalism in Italy, 1968-1982Roberto Bartali -- The Red Brigades and the Moro Kidnapping: Secrets and LiesTom Behan -- Allende, Berlinguer, Pinochet... and Dario FoPhilip Cooke -- 'A riconquistare la rossa primavera' The Neo-Resistance of the 1970sClaudia Bernardi -- Collective Memory and Childhood Narratives: Rewriting the 1970s in the 1990sValeria Pizzini Gambetta -- Becoming Visible: Did the Emancipation of Women Reach the Sicilian Mafia?Davide PerO -- The Left and the Construction of Immigrants in 1970s ItalyAnna Cento Bull -- From the Centrality of the Working Class to its Demise: The Case of Bagnoli, Naples

The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy

If they could do that to Moro , to whom could they not do it ? Certainly , on that day very few Italians would have cared to turn to the police for protection against terrorism . Whatever the Moro affair might lead to in the long run ...

The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy

"What drives terrorists to glorify violence? In The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy, Richard Drake seeks to explain the origins of Italian terrorism and the role that intellectuals played in valorizing the use of violence for political or social ends. Drake argues that a combination of socioeconomic factors and the influence of intellectual elites led to a sanctioning of violence by revolutionary political groups in Italy between 1969 and 1988. Drake explores what motivated Italian terrorists on both the Left and the Right during some of the most violent decades in modern Italian history and how these terrorists perceived the modern world as something to be destroyed rather than reformed. In 1989, The Revolutionary Mystique and Terrorism in Contemporary Italy received the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Society for Italian Historical Studies. It was awarded for the best book that year on Italian history. The book is reissued now with a new introduction for the light it might shed on current terrorist challenges. The Italians had success in combating terrorism. We might learn something from their example. The section of the book dealing with the Italian "superfascist" philosopher, Julius Evola, holds special interest today. Drake's original work takes on new significance in the light of Evola's recent surge of popularity for members of America's alt-right movement"--

Contemporary Italian Narrative and 1970s Terrorism

In fact, the best-known of his texts that deal with terrorism—Il contesto: Una parodia (Equal Danger), published in 1971, Todo modo (One way or another), published in 1974, I pugnalatori, published in 1976, and L'affaire Moro (The Moro ...

Contemporary Italian Narrative and 1970s Terrorism

This book is about literary representations of the both left- and right-wing Italian terrorism of the 1970s by contemporary Italian authors. In offering detailed analyses of the many contemporary novels that have terrorism in either their foreground or background, it offers a “take” on postmodern narrative practices that is alternative to and more positive than the highly critical assessment of Italian postmodernism that has characterized some sectors of current Italian literary criticism. It explores how contemporary Italian writers have developed narrative strategies that enable them to represent the fraught experience of Italian terrorism in the 1970s. In its conclusions, the book suggests that to meet the challenge of representation posed by terrorism fiction rather than fact is the writer’s best friend and most effective tool.

West European Communism and American Foreign Policy

Thus , while few people believed that the PCI leaders had any operational responsibility for the Moro affair , many held that the Red Brigades were an historical legacy of Italian communism . This cost them dearly in the local elections ...

West European Communism and American Foreign Policy

The great vogue of Eurocommunism came to an end with the return of the French and Italian Communist Parties to positions of opposition to authority in the late 1970's, and the electoral confirmation that Spain's Communist Party would remain small. As the vogue of communism with a human face passed. The question of American policy toward Communists became far less pressing; yet the question will almost certainly require attention in the future. This is particularly true with respect to the Italian Communist Party, which remains powerful in numbers and flexible in policy. Michael Ledeen examines Communist Party participation in Western European governments since World War II, and the ambivalent American foreign policy toward it. He concentrates on the Italian Communist Party: its history and its relations with the Soviet Union. Togliatti, Secchia, Gramsci, Nenni are identified as the major players in Italian communist and socialist politics. The author explores in depth why the United States has been reluctant to become involved in internal Italian affairs, and how this policy posture has strongly influenced in the development of communism in Western Europe. Ledeen shows that the strategies of contemporary West European Communist Parties are now roughly similar to those of the immediate post-war period. He argues that American intellectuals are as uncritical of Eurocommunism as they were after the first flush of Allied victory in World War II, that the Carter administration's foreign policy was incoherent, and that the United States needs a consistent, ideological approach to communism--one that includes the capacity for action as well as reaction. Michael Ledeen is a senior associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies at Georgetown University, and formerly taught history at Washington University. He was the founding editor of The Washington Quarterly, and is the author of, among other works, Grave New World; The First Duce: D'Annunzio at Fiume; and editor of U.S. Defense and Foreign Policy.

Urkommunismus Fear of the Word

The question is here: the “Moro fact” (not the Moro Affair) is the ideal nothingness. Everything that happened, before March 16, 1978, during the fiftyfive days of imprisonment and then after May 9, turned Moro into the “Moro mystery”.

Urkommunismus  Fear of the Word

The Urkommunismus (the ideal place, the common place, the utopia, the pure place of origin) presides over every mysterious, therefore political, penal, social, financial, institutional, corporate doctrine, and dictates its canons, formulas, algorithms. It is the reference of every bureaucracy in its sacrificial, penal ceremonial. On the principle of nothingness, every regime unravels the fear of the word, to confiscate life. Ideally and really. Both “to the East” and “to the West”. In this book the analysis and reading are performed of the writings called “founding”, which mark our age, weighing down, in its models and its offices. The result is the text of the word, as well as the absolute novelty. And here we also discuss the letters of Aldo Moro, the letters of the Red Brigades, the writings of Paul VI, of “Clean Hands”, the European and Italian legislation, the writings of Cardinal Carlo Borromeo, of Giordano Bruno, of Eckhart, of Dante Alighieri, the Rigveda, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishad, the Avesta, the I Ching, Lao Tzu and Tao Te Ching, Lie Zi, Chuang-Tzu, the Bible, Buddha, the Qur’an, Antigone, Medea, the classics of tragedy, the classics of epics, of lyrics, of philosophy, of science, of mathematical logic, Confucius, Mencius, Ma gcig, the Sixth Dalai Lama, Mao, Khomeini, Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Xi Jinping.