While Gianfranco Fini aspires to become the next leader of the Centre-Right in Italy, this pamphlet crosses its fingers that this does not happen. It is not a question of returning to superstition or suppositions, but of making a faithful historical reconstruction to reveal the route travelled by the “Third Millennium Fascist”, the alternative in a double-breasted suit, and a Berlusconian by chance, driven by radical interest. The apparently obvious comparison with Benito Mussolini, whose ideological stature Gianfranco Fini, on the contrary, cannot even begin to approach, takes its cue from Malaparte’s Don Camaleo, an almost unknown novel-apologue dated 1927. A man of cynical, authoritarian and contradictory decisions, the present President of the Chamber of Deputies is basically very lucky, astute, good at making the most of those around him, but with no great ideas and, moreover, no ideals.
Calling himself “anti-antifascist”, with this book Luca Negri seeks to become a member of Giuseppe Prezzolini’s “Società degli Apoti”, a small society formed by «those who don’t fall for it and seek to be historians of the present». His essay is completed by an interview with expert in political matters Marco Tarchi, Fini’s rival in the Fronte della Gioventù in the Seventies, and by an afterword by Camillo Langone.
Luca Negri was born in Rome in 1972. He principally deals with literature, religion and contemporary folk music. He is among the founders of SparjurijLab, «born at the end of the past century to produce “total writing” and to work on several fronts». Vallecchi has published his Giovanni Lindo Ferretti.