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Italy’s beggar’s nationalism

The populist government’s reckless budget relies on other countries being ready to bail it out.

  • Alberto Mingardi
  • Politico

MILAN — One of the bestselling books in Italy right now is a novel based on the life of Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator who invented fascism.


“M” by Antonio Scurati aims to be the first in a trilogy.

Though several historical inaccuracies have been spotted, the novel captures well the spirit of the troubled times in which Mussolini came to power.

It also portrays a man who, as he enters office, puts tremendous energy into trying a — perhaps quixotic — attempt…

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