Aldo Cazzullo: “For Dante too, women are the salvation of the human species”

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twelve o’clock, July 7, 2021 – 10:36 am

The journalist of the Corriere della Sera opens the event of the “Possible Book” by telling “The Italians”, or “The country saved by women”: from Rita Levi Montalcini to Chiara Ferragni passing through Raffaella Carrà and Giò Stajano, the first scandalous trans

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L’Covid emergency remains. But that it is a different summer compared to a year ago can be guessed by observing “Il Libro Possibile”, which not only will double at the end of the month in Vieste, but from 7 to 10 July returns to crowd (with caution) the places of Polignano in Sea traditionally the setting for the festival. Another sign of a restart, in which women, increasingly protagonists of the life of the country, have had and are having a great deal of merit, as Aldo Cazzullo explains in the book “The Italians. The country saved by women», Published by Solferino, which presents Wednesday 7 (10.15 pm, on the stage of the Colombo seafront with Enrica Simonetti of Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno), for the first day of the event directed, precisely, by a woman, Rosella Santoro. “The nurses, the many female doctors, the cashiers, the pharmacists, the teachers, the mothers, the grandmothers, it is above all they who are saving us from the pandemic and who are paying the highest price”, says the well-known columnist and correspondent of the Corriere della Sera, who will present his other recent book tomorrow in Polignano, “To see the stars again “, dedicated to the great poet. “Dante himself – explains Cazzullo – attributed the salvation of the human species to women”.
Of course in the book “The Italians “ the protagonists are above all famous people. Two names above all?
“Franca Valeri and Rita Levi Montalcini, centenarians who made Italy undergoing the violence of the racial laws”.
There is also talk of the young promises of today, Chiara Ferragni, Bebe Vio, and then of other women who are no longer there, such as Alda Merini and Raffaella Carrà, who disappeared the other day.
«With her there was the entry into the modernity of a bit of a stickler and moralist Italy of the ’50s and’ 60s. An Italy that discovers this girl, beautiful, blonde, intelligent and nice, who for someone becomes a second mother, for someone else a girlfriend, causing some disturbance ».
However, the book confesses a predilection for Mara Venier among the women of television.
“We are talking about a woman capable of establishing a very strong bond with the public. With her talent as a diviner she has succeeded where many have failed: to bring back Sunday In, the oldest program on Italian TV, at the top of the audience ».
Among the pages we also remember the first Italian trans, the Salento Giò Stajano.
«Who, moreover, was the nephew of the fascist hierarch Starace. She was the first Italian to become a woman, in the early 1980s in Casablanca. A story that calls for a very topical discussion ».
You have been going to Puglia for some time. How has this land changed?
“It was not so fashionable once. It is no coincidence that Modugno passed for Sicilian, Arbore for Neapolitan. Today the young Apulian artists proudly carry Puglia in their name: Negramaro, Checco Zalone, Caparezza. Riccardo Muti himself, with a certain pride, never gives up his Molfetta accent ».
Making the «The ItaliansDo you think the time is ripe for a prime minister and a female president?
“I think so, even if Italy remains a male chauvinist country”.

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July 7, 2021 | 10:36


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