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Terroni: All That Has Been Done to Ensure that the Italians of the South Became "Southerners" (Via Folios)
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cleansing, in large part thanks to the books of Pino Aprile, journalist and
Southerner. Terroni: All That Has Been Done to Ensure That The Italians of The South Became “Southerners” had an electrifying effect on my friend Enzo Fina who comes from Lecce, in the heel of Italy’s boot. Enzo is half of the duo Musicàntica, the other half being Roberto Catalano, ethnomusicologist from Sicily. Based in Southern California, they keep the music and traditions of Southern Italy alive.
“You grow up knowing there’s something that isn’t right,” Roberto told me.
“You have feelings, even if unconscious,” said Enzo.
Terrone, singular, or terroni, plural, is the epithet used to describe Southerners as filthy and backwards.
When the book came out in English — though I found the translation somewhat hard to follow — I had to read it.Read more ›
This book had in Italy a big success but he sold books not by many reviews at the beginnings from the big italian newspapers but only through other people reviews, through people by people speaches.
The reason is simply Pino Aprile wrote a book aboout the italian birth as nation whose details are not so clean and clear to italians too. At most to the italians who learned their own history from school books.
It's the italian hidden secret : the genocide of southern italians who fought against northern army with a violent and hidden civil war. They were called bandits but it was necessary over 100.000 northern army soldiers to defeat them with a so devasting violence that both the losers then the winners wanted to cancel to the generations that came after them the memory. This was the birth of the unique modern western country where still there are huge differences in the opportunities to grown to learn and to have a work between the two parts of the country the North and the South. And the reason why this differences still remain are in those lost days.
It's time italians and the generations who have italian blood ,expecially from South Italy, know who they are , why they are so and what their ,distant in time and space, relatives had ,and still have, to do to live.
What does it mean to be proud to be southern Italian when my grandparents were so badly treated by the place that they chose to liquidate their lives and leave it behind? Why did they feel they had to leave? How did the place get to be so neglected and disdained when it is clearly so rich in gutsy people willing to put themselves through hell to build a better life for themselves and their posterity? What is the history of the Italian south? And most crucially, how can I avoid seeing it through a lens that is over a century out of date?
This book is a vital read for anyone whose family was a part of the great migration from Italy -- not the only thing you should read, but one of a number of necessary books that will help you understand your families, why you are "here" instead of "there," the paradox of the Italian south, and where it went after our families fled.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Aprile approaches his subject with much passion but with no order and little or no substantiation of his "facts." His audience is Southern Italians. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Conforti
I, like most of us were not aware of all this becasue the State did a very good job in hiding it.
Telling us in school that we were liberated. Read more
This is not a history book, it is a 300 page rant about the treatment of the Southern Italians by northerners. I found it disorganized and hard to follow. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard D
This is the most difficult to read book I have ever read. I did read it - cover to cover. It is basically one long rant about how the people of southern Italy have been... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Don S
Probably as a result of translation, Aprile's account does not have a flow, and as a result proves difficult to follow. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Saverino
It tells a story never fully told before, nor included as part of history thaught in Italian schools. Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by F. Giordano
An eye opener revision of history.
A must read both for southern italians and their descedants anywhere in the world ( and of course, any westenr world individual who cares... Read more
Amazing book. Tried to get it in the Italian but without being able to go to Italy anytime soon I had to purchase the English version or risk paying an obscene amount of money and... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Jujubee