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- DescriptionIn the summer of 1938 Mussolinis former adviser and lover, Margherita Sarfatti, first spoke of writing a highly revealing biography of the dictator. The Fascist regime had begun trumpeting vicious anti-Semitic propaganda and Sarfatti, herself of Jewish ethnicity, was issuing an implicit warningif Mussolini allied with Hitler and adopted Nazi-like ideology, she would reveal the Duces decades-long intimate partnership with a Jew. That November, just before Mussolini imposed harsh restrictions on Italys Jews, Sarfatti escaped into Switzerland. She would spend the next nine years in exile where she would write her personal memoir of Mussolini. My Fault reveals Mussolini as anxiety-ridden, often fearful, yet possessing political genius and hungering for power and fame. He skillfully maneuvered his way to the head of the Italian government, then imposed a new form of tyranny that Margherita Sarfatti and he had conceived: Fascism. This edition, compiled from several English-language manuscripts and a Spanish serialization published in an obscure Argentine newspaper, presents the man hidden behind the facade erected by Fascist propaganda. My Fault shows Mussolini as riddled with disease; sexually manic; boastful; vindictive; and cunning yet deeply insecure. No one but Sarfatti could present such candid first-hand observations of the dictator and his associates.
- Author BiographyMargherita Grassini (1880-1961) enjoyed a privileged upbringing in Venice as the daughter of a wealthy Jewish entrepreneur. Tutors gave her a university education at home. She married Cesare Sarfatti, a lawyer thirteen years her senior, in 1898. In 1902 the couple moved to Milan and joined the group directing the Italian Socialist Party. They had three children. Sarfatti became art editor of the party newspaper, Avanti!, and patron of the Futurist painters. She encountered Mussolini in late 1912 after his appointment as editor-in-chief of Avanti!. The two became lovers and Sarfatti mentored the uncouth Mussolini in everything from dress and table manners to his reading and political ideology. After Mussolini broke with the Socialist leadership in 1914, Sarfatti joined him in running his own newspaper, Il Popolo d'Italia. Over the next eight years, she supported Mussolini financially, intellectually and emotionally as he created the Fascist movement, then led it to power in 1922. Sarfatti emigrated to South America in 1939 and returned to Italy in 1947. She continued writing until her death but abstained from any involvement in politics.
- Author(s)Margherita Sarfatti
- PublisherEnigma Books
- Date of Publication30/04/2015
- SubjectMilitary History
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintEnigma Books
- Content NotePhotographs
- Weight635 g
- Width155 mm
- Height231 mm
- Spine28 mm
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