It’s a con, but a very good one, and it doesn’t surprise me to learn that, like Milan Central, this was commissioned by Mussolini, in an attempt to glorify a bloody past and to erase the uncomfortable memories of the massive defeat the Italians suffered at Caporetto in 1917 (and which is the background for A Farewell to Arms).
The intention of the Fascist architects is obvious. Anyone climbing these massive terraces soon becomes a mere speck against the stonework, tiny and insignificant before the unifying might of the state.
In an attempt to preserve my sense of identity I retreat to the café at the military museum across the road and order a cappuccino.
Music is blaring out, but it’s not marching bands. It’s Sheryl Crow.
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- Series: Hemingway Adventure
- Chapter: Redipuglia
- Country/sea: Italy
- Place: Redipuglia
- Book page no: 55
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