Departing from different directions – one from the Left, the other from the Right – the authors have traced a detailed portrait, both intimate and political, incorporating inedited statements by the most influential figures of the political scene.
Pier Paolo Pasolini was the twentieth-century intellectual who more than any other divided public opinion. There were those who loved him and those who opposed him without reserve. The Right detested him for his ideas and, especially, for his open homosexuality. The Left, to whose rank and file he belonged, rejected many of his anticipatory analyses, and even more so, his inveterate autonomy of thought. Even the Catholic world divided into admirers and detractors around his work. From very different positions, Baldoni and Borgna immediately recognised his great artistic stature and originality. This book (which avails of many inedited testimonies, and is the fruit of meticulous research), for the first time, reconstructs the “long misunderstanding” that characterised the relations between Pasolini and Italian political culture, as well as the attention that young people from the world over have devoted and continue to devote to his ideas and his work.
Adalberto Baldoni, a journalist, essayist and author of documentaries, began his political activity in the Giovane Italia association in 1955. He was several times arrested, tried and convicted of political criminal offences. A leader first in the Msi party and then in An, he has been elected city councillor of Rome several times and the An party group leader in the Capitol. His books include: Noi rivoluzionari (1986), La notte più lunga della Repubblica (1989), Fascisti 1943-1945. Storia della guerra civile (1993), Sessantotto. L’utopia della realtà (2006); Anni di piombo (2009).
Vallecchi has published his A che punto è la notte? (2002), Due volte Genova. Luglio 1960 – Luglio 2001 (2004), Storia della destra. Dal postfascismo al Popolo della libertà (2009).
Gianni Borgna (Rome 1947), a journalist and university teacher, has authored famous books like Storia della canzone italiana and Il mito della giovinezza. Recently, with Antonio Debenedetti, he has co-authored a book on Rome, Dal piacere alla dolce vita, published by Mondadori. Chairman of the Cultural Committee of the City of Rome from 1993 to 2006, he is currently president of the Musica per Roma foundation which manages the capital’s new auditorium. In the years he headed the Communist Party’s Youth Federation, Borgna knew and for a long time frequented Pasolini, and has written numerous studies and essays about him.