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Investigating Fascism

Crime, Mystery, and the Fascist Ventennio in the Historical Novel

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Angelo Castagnino

Investigating Fascism offers an original approach to the historical novel and its connection to crime fiction. The study of contemporary novels set during Mussolini’s rule, with specific attention to the topics of violence, justice, mystery, and personal identity, leads to a discussion about, among others, Leonardo Sciascia, Maurizio De Giovanni, Carlo Lucarelli, and Andrea Camilleri. This text is based on two intertwining approaches: (1) an analysis of the ‘machine’ of the novel, focused on such aspects as characterization, the construction of the setting, and the narrative use of fantastic and subversive elements and (2) an analysis of the sociohistorical Fascist context. This book is a valuable reference for those who study Fascism, the social function of crime novels, and the connection between historical events and fiction.

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Names: Castagnino, Angelo, author.

Title: Investigating fascism: crime, mystery, and the

fascist ventennio in the historical novel / Angelo Castagnino.

Other titles: Crime, mystery, and the fascist ventennio in the historical novel

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