A novel about the Arditi, story of a man, and of a group of friends who share passions and adventures. The story of a creating force and of a rare will to act that animated the young volunteers who followed D’Annunzio with the intention of redressing the wrong done to Italy with the “mutilated victory” of World War I. This is the novel of the Fiume campaign but, moreover, it is a novel of passions: politics, friendship, loyalty, love.
The protagonist, Giulio Jentile, World War I veteran, an ardito, feels out of place in his city, Rome: the war has changed him for good; his unrest leads him to depart, intent on emigrating, when destiny prevents all of his enthusiasm from being wasted. Against the backdrop of Italy after the first world conflict, a few unexpected episodes lead him to Fiume where he finally finds the Cause capable of igniting his passion.
Gabriele Marconi (1961), managing editor of the monthly “Area”, is among the founders of the Società Tolkieniana Italiana, and his debut in narrative literature was with a story that was finalist at the 1988 Premio Tolkien. He wrote his first novel in 1996: L’enigma di Giordano Bruno; his second novel, Io non scordo, was published in 1999.
In 2008, in collaboration with Errico Passaro, he wrote, Il regno nascosto”, a fantasy novel inspired by Tolkien’s saga.