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mercoledý 28 luglio 2021

Book and musket


In November 1938, the first national convention for children's and young people's literature was held in Bologna. The programme’s manifesto - signed by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti - invited the authors of young people’s books to extol "the contentment of living today as imperial fascist Italians". As regards the school, since 1929 a "single state book had become the norm, as an instrument fully suited to form the new Italian citizen". For light reading, the regime first and foremost favoured comics: from the pioneering “Il Corriere dei Piccoli” to the more regimental “Il Giornale dei Balilla”. In the Thirties, new fictional and fantastic characters arrived from the United States: Phantom, Mandrake and the most beloved of them all, Flash Gordon, the explorer. Books with captivating titles were published, such as "The Adventurous", "The Bold" and "The Victorious".

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