Roberto Saviano is an Italian writer and investigative journalist who has been living under strict police protection for thirteen years. He wrote Gomorrah, a bestselling book, that drew the mafia’s attention and resulted in a death sentence. Life in hiding is a price he pays for revealing the harsh truth about the activity of Neapolitan Camorra. The aim of this paper is to investigate what drives his uncompromising pursuit for truth, the strategies he uses to achieve this aim, and the response to his approach, coming from Italian politicians, intellectuals, ordinary people, and international general public.
The princely Odescalchi family was at the center of political and social events of 1847-1848 in Rome, in the midst of the revolutionary turmoil that shook Europe in general. Such events are mirrored in the correspondence of Zygmunt Krasiński and the Odescalchi-Branicka couple. Zofia and Livio come across as active figures, deeply engaged politically and emotionally. Along with their correspondence, Krasiński’s letters represent a complex canvas of facts and imagination, emotions and events, depicting many of the crucial figures and developments of the 19th century.
The Italian Risorgimento, that is the historical process that led to the unification and independence of Italy, is characterized by the constant conjugation of the national principle with the request of institutions of freedom. The article reconstructs this process through its topical moments (Jacobin triennium, motions of 1820-1821, decade of preparation), focusing on the post-1848 phase, when only the Kingdom of Sardinia maintained the constitution, becoming, thus, an essential point of reference for the patriotic movement.