• The priest the Mafia killed: the story of Padre Pino Puglisi, fictionalized by one of his students in a novel I translated

    2 monthes ago - By Do Bianchi

    It was just a year after the world had collectively gasped at the Mafia's brutal 1992 car bomb killings of magistrates Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino .
    A dark moment in Italian contemporary history, it was a year after Italy's ruling political class had been implicated in the infamous “Bribesville” scandal.
    It was a year after Italians had begun to lose faith in their political system and social fabric. The dream of Italy's economic miracle , with a “Benetton on every corner in Manhattan” (as one of my professors marveled a few years earlier), was coming to an end.
    In 1993, the...
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