About the Author: Giuseppe di Lampedusa

In 1861, Count Klemens von Metternich said that Italy was nothing more than a geographic expression. Indeed, when he said this it was just a year after the Handshake of Teano. One short year could hardly wipe out millennia of campanillisimo, a millennia-long struggle of the Italian people to establish a national identity. In the decades since unification, Italians have


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