3 September 2000

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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3 September 2000 - Il Messaggero

Fascist police searching for Fontamara /E l'Ovra ordinò: trovate Fontamara
In 1933 the Ovra, the fascist police, was encharged with finding the Marsican hamlet described by Silone in his celebrated novel, already published in 25 languages but not yet released in Italy. In the novel the poor peasants had the courage to rebel against the overbearing masters. But the Fascist police could never find a hamlet of that name, without realizing that Fontamara was every and all poor hamlets in Southern Italy.

3 September 2000 - Il Messaggero

Pacentro - A brigand among the relatives of the Ciccone? / Tra i parenti di Madonna ci fu il brigante Mosca
In 1868, a few years after the establishment of the kingdom of Italy, Nicola Ciccone (alias "Mosca"), 38, was sentenced with others for a number of crimes. After the sentence Mosca disappeared and his destiny is still unknown. Recent historiography is rediscovering the figures of some brigands as patriots (faithful to the older regime) or defenders of the poor population against the foreign Piedmontese.

3 September 2000 - Il Messaggero

Lanciano - The Mastrogiurato Day / E' il gran giorno del Mastrogiurato, by Mario Giancristofaro
Ancient Anxia is back. The Mastrogiurato is a reminder of the great commercial proscperity of the town. During the fairs all civil and military power was entrusted to him. At 17.30 today in piazza Plebiscito the processions from the four ancient quarters, Lancianovecchia, Sacca, Civitanova and Borgo, will with all their representatives in costume. Lastly the pageant of the Mastrogiurato arrives, and the Mayor solemnly entrusts the town to him, who gives his solemn oath. Then all the characters in costume parade through the center reacing the plain where the Fair is held.

3 September 2000 - Il Centro

Guazzano (Campli) - Married for 70 years / 70 anni di matrimonio
50 is gold, 60 platinum, but 70 was never decided. Nicola Di Carlo, 90, and Mafalda Gallerizzi, 87, have been married for 70 years. After the Second World War they emigrated to Canada, where their five remaining children have settled and raised a family. 25 years ago they retired to Italy. He still drives his 3-wheeled Ape, she still tastes a cigarette now and then.

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