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Mussolini's island / Sarah Day.

By: Day, Sarah.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Tinder Press, an imprint of Headline Publishing Group, 2017Copyright date: ©2014Description: 374 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472246967 (paperback); 9781472238191 (hardback).Subject(s): Gay men -- Italy -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Political prisoners -- Italy -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Fascism -- Italy -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | Homosexuality, Male -- Italy -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction | World War, 1939-1945 -- Italy -- Fiction | Italy -- History -- 20th century -- FictionDDC classification: 823.92 Summary: Seductive, moving and full of insight into the desperate acts committed by individuals when fighting for their lives, this is a novel of sexuality and desire, and the secrets we keep locked within us. Francesco has a memory of his father from early childhood, a night when life for his family changed: their name, their story, their living place. From that night, he has vowed to protect his mother and to follow the words of his father: Non mollare. Never give up. When Francesco is rounded up with a group of young men and herded into a camp on the island of San Domino, he realises that someone has handed a list of names to the fascist police; everyone is suspicious of one another. His former lover Emilio is constantly agitating for revolution. His old friend Gio jealously watches their relationship rekindle. Locked in Spartan dormitories, resentment and bitterness between the men grows each day. Elena, a young and illiterate island girl on the cusp of womanhood, is drawn to the handsome Francesco yet fails to understand why her family try to keep her away from him. By day, she makes and floats her paper birds, willing them to fly from the island, just as she wants to herself. Sometimes, she is given a message to pass on. She's not sure who they are from; she knows simply that Francesco is hiding something. When Elena discovers the truth about the group of prisoners, the fine line between love and hate pulls her towards an act that can only have terrible consequences for all.
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Seductive, moving and full of insight into the desperate acts committed by individuals when fighting for their lives, this is a novel of sexuality and desire, and the secrets we keep locked within us. Francesco has a memory of his father from early childhood, a night when life for his family changed: their name, their story, their living place. From that night, he has vowed to protect his mother and to follow the words of his father: Non mollare. Never give up. When Francesco is rounded up with a group of young men and herded into a camp on the island of San Domino, he realises that someone has handed a list of names to the fascist police; everyone is suspicious of one another. His former lover Emilio is constantly agitating for revolution. His old friend Gio jealously watches their relationship rekindle. Locked in Spartan dormitories, resentment and bitterness between the men grows each day. Elena, a young and illiterate island girl on the cusp of womanhood, is drawn to the handsome Francesco yet fails to understand why her family try to keep her away from him. By day, she makes and floats her paper birds, willing them to fly from the island, just as she wants to herself. Sometimes, she is given a message to pass on. She's not sure who they are from; she knows simply that Francesco is hiding something. When Elena discovers the truth about the group of prisoners, the fine line between love and hate pulls her towards an act that can only have terrible consequences for all.

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Kirkus Book Review

Day's debut novel, based on a true story, explores the Fascists' internment, just before World War II, of a group of young men they considered a dangerous moral contagion.In early 1939, a group of gay men in the Sicilian city of Cataniamost of them poor, many illiterateare labeled as threats to the state and degenerates. The men are sent to the small, craggy island of San Domino, where they endure cramped and squalid dormitories, frequent headcounts, capricious beatings, and constant ridicule. Perhaps most painful of all is the way they're played against each other, denied the solace of solidarity. Instead, paranoia and mistrust reign. Who betrayed them to the police? Who's cooperating with the fascisti now? And, most of all, who is responsible for the killing, back in Catania, of their nemesis, a brutal cop named Rapettithe crime that triggered the wave of arrests? Anyone who divulges the killer's identity, the authorities say, will be rewarded with instant release. The novel's principals are Francesco, whose father disappeared a decade ago under circumstances that made the family adopt a false surname; Francesco's worldly older friend and lover, Emilio; the beautiful and flamboyant Gio, a boyhood pal and sometimes lover of Francesco whose jealousy could have terrible consequences; and a sheltered island girl named Elena, who, dreaming of escape to the mainland and a wider world, takes an interest in Francesco.A harrowing story thoroughly researched and straightforwardly told. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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