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INSTRUCTIONS FOR BECOMING A FASCIST (working title)

Michela Murgia

  • Original Title: ISTRUZIONI PER DIVENTARE FASCISTI
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE
  • Country: IT
  • 112 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21th century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Power, Totalitarian regime, Fanaticism, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Intolerance

Pitch

Ironically written as a manual to become a fascist, this is a provocative, controversial and paradoxical text that aims at showing how Fascism is not only well and alive, but also scarily appealing, in Italy and elsewhere.

Comments

Translation rights sold: an opening offer in Spain

The book had 3 print-runs in less than a week, with 20,000 printed copies in total at the moment. The Fascistometre quiz has been done by 300,000 persons online.

There are references to the Italian situations (most of all to the Resistenza), but concentrated in the last chapter. In general the book is quite international and can easily refers to Trump’s administration or Le Pen’s propaganda.

Michela Murgia is an Italian novelist and politician. She is a winner of the Premio Campiello and the Mondello International Literary Prize. Her first work, IL MONDO DEVE SAPERE (The World has to Know, 2006) was filmed by Paolo Virzì, and released in 2008 as Tutta la vita davanti.

Summary

The author is a bestelling novelist and a star TV journalist. She writes the book ironically adressing the fascists and explaining them how to behave. Democracy, argues the author, is a complicated, tiring affair: it requires healthy state institutions, independent, free justice and press, spaces of collective debate and action, educating people to think, to interpret reality and assess complexity. Fascism, on the other hand, is cheaper, simpler, and more efficient. It provides easy answers, slogans, homogeneity of thought, a strong identification with a leader, cozy populism (what comes from “the people” is common sense, healthy, vigorous) and cozy nationalism.

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  • Author’s biography

    Michela Murgia (born 1972) is an Italian novelist and politician. She is a winner of the Premio Campiello and the Mondello International Literary Prize. After her theological studies, she became a webmaster, manager, and an operator in a call center. Her first work, IL MONDO DEVE SAPERE (The World has to Know, 2006) was filmed by Paolo Virzì, and released in 2008 as Tutta la vita davanti. Her other books include VIAGGIO IN SARDEGNA and ACCABADORA (Dessi Prize, Mondello Prize, Campiello Prize 2010).