“Comunisti immaginari. Tutto quello che c’è da sapere sul Pci” by Francesco Cundari, with an introduction by Giuseppe Vacca Following the success of Fascisti immaginari and Democristiani immaginari, a necessary reflection on the identity of what was the largest Communist Party in the West.
Since 2008, and for the first time, out of the Italian Parliament. Since 2009, also out of the European Parliament. Twenty years after the collapse of the Berlin wall, and eighteen years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the communists seem to have disappeared even from the Italian political scene; not even Berlusconi talks about them anymore. What are the reasons for such a long existence and such a sudden disappearance? Is today’s communism still real or does it only survive in our imagination? In “Comunisti immaginari. Tutto quello che c’è da saper sul Pci”, published by Vallecchi and now in bookstores (228 pp., 15 euros), Cundari presents a reconstruction, at times tragic, others exhilarating, of the experience of party executives, cadres, militants and intellectuals who all believed in Communism; their hopes, the imagination they projected onto the party, and the representation they gave of themselves. Amadeo Bordiga’s strong self-defence before the Special Court, the dramatic dialogue between Togliatti and Lajolo on the Migliore’s responsibilities in the crimes of Stalinism, a forgotten verse of Bandiera Rossa ... a narration that embraces the entire history of the Pci, up to the birth of the new Partito democratico, with curious anecdotes and unexpected turns, of great current interest.
Francesco Cundari (1978) is a journalist. From 2002 to 2006 he worked on the editorial staff of Il Riformista, and then passed to Il Foglio as political reporter. He is currently director of Red Tv.