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A Summer in Italy, 1929 (Part 11)

A Summer in Italy, 1929 (Part 11)

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series A Summer in Italy, 1929

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series A Summer in Italy, 1929 Writing about Fascism The signora tells me this story. A fascist accosted a girl on the street. She replied with an epithet meaning dirty. He said “We will see who is dirty, you or me!” So he made her drink […]

A Summer in Italy, 1929 (Part 10)

A Summer in Italy, 1929 (Part 10)

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series A Summer in Italy, 1929

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