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use this post to communicate to the readers of History Pills the output of a wise by title “Architecture of a chimera: revolution and conspiracies in a letter anarchist Malatesta reinterpreted in the light of previously unpublished archival documents” (to know more:, written by Enrico Tuccinardi e Salvatore Mazzariello.

The work, born of a passionate search that involved the authors for three long years, reconstructs, with the help of French and Italian archival documents, a story that remains open historiographically distance of more than a century by the events.

It is a detailed analysis of the well-known letter that the leader anarchist Errico Malatesta He sent from London on 18 May 1901 to an unknown companion of Paris and was intercepted by the Ministry of Interior Giolitti. A missive that went thus, emblematically, four days before the "suicide" of Gaetano Brescia in Santo Stefano penitentiary and that alluded to a mysterious operation also supported transversely by elements external to the closer anarchic circle and aimed at the realization of the coveted uprising antisabauda.

Numerous innovative elements present within the essay.

The anarchist Gaetano Bresci

The anarchist Gaetano Bresci

It is, Moreover, finally identified, with a good degree of verisimilitude, the recipient of the letter, and it is established, against previous assumptions historiographical, the real and surprising identity of that’ "Orestes" that plays such an important role in the economy of the facts that Malatesta betrayed in his letter. unpublished documents found in Parisian archives, They allowed to certify without any doubt a concerted Malatesta living in Paris (Neuilly) at l 'ex Queen of Naples Maria Sophie of Bavaria (from 1 al 7 February 1901) allowing also to shed light on many of the most meaningful events that occurred at that juncture.

It tries to shed light on the role, absolutely not marginal, he played in the enigmatic story Angelo Insogna, confidant of Maria Sofia, expressly mentioned in the letter by Malatesta, and how Benedetto Croce It will report in its statement issued on Print in Turin in 1926, It turned out to be one of the main focal points of what was probably an amazing and varied "convergence of interests ".

In the wake of a quarrel historiographical never died, which had in the past years further echo to the works presented by Arrigo Petacco of Bresci and Maria Sofia, He tried to re-establish a plausible definition of the examined events while maintaining a rigorous use of sources and a detailed comparison with the most qualified specialist literature.

The academic world and all the fans and curious interested in this crucial moment of our history, They will be able to study and improve these new data given in the above text, in particular those which are strictly documentary and archival.

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Title: Architecture of a chimera

Subtitle: Revolution and conspiracy in a letter anarchist Malatesta reinterpreted in the light of previously unpublished archival documents.

Authors: Enrico and Salvatore Tuccinardi Mazzariello.

ISBN: 9788897683728

Publishing house: University of Studies S.r.l.

Place: Mantova.

Publication date: November 2014.

Count: 184.


The 18 May 1901 the most famous and feared of Italian anarchists, Errico Malatesta, time exiled in London, He sent to an unknown recipient a mysterious letter, full of content that alluded to the revolutionary conspiracies and machinations in Italy. The letter was intercepted by the secret service of the Interior Ministry, chaired by Giovanni Giolitti. Less than a year since, on a hot July evening, a young anarchist came from America, Gaetano Brescia, He had murdered the King of Italy, the anarchic spectrum returned to loom on the Peninsula.

L’anarchism, the early twentieth century, He was turning into a global threat, and in Italy, accomplices social policies of an authoritarian and repressive, He was likely to find support determinant of a nation increasingly exasperated. In this humus historical and political germinates and develops the web of events that forms the background to the Malatesta missive. For the first time, thanks to a series of unpublished documents, the key people of the letter are identified and, through a meticulous research work carried out in Italian and French archives, is made light, after more than a century, its a exciting intrigue beginning '900, which saw involved a group of Italian anarchists residents abroad under the guidance Errico Malatesta, the Italian Government, with Giolitti and his undercover agents in middle anarchist, and even the former queen of Naples, Maria Sofia, in exile in Paris (Photo gives: e