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More than 70,000 people watched Rossana’s farewell, a tribute to a revolutionary

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28.09.2020

Reportage. ‘Her life is a political monument that has earned her the respect even of her adversaries.’

written by Eleonora Martini

Topic Italy

September 28, 2020

All that was missing was the sea, her beloved sea, to tell stories about her. And perhaps only the sea, in which she would swim for hours alone, losing herself on the horizon, and which was her last wish (which was granted), could have recounted the whole essence of a woman who “did not fit any definition,” who “didn’t belong to any side,” who was “impossible to appropriate because she escaped any established identity that would cage her irreducible singularity.”

She was a ravenous scholar of philosophy, even before she became “Miranda,” a Partisan “because there is also a need to intervene,” an “orthodox” Marxist as she liked to define herself, a communist, a political leader, on the staff of the PCI and excluded from the PCI, founder of il manifesto, a woman of letters, writer, essayist and journalist. An intellectual and a militant.

Rossana Rossanda was all these things, as recalled by at least three generations of her comrades and friends on Friday in Rome, in the Piazza Ss. Apostoli, filled as much as possible given the current times, reconstructing a century-long puzzle.

A grand story. And still, “she did not belong to the PCI, nor to il manifesto, nor to the Italian left. Only to the world, because the world was where she moved and she was curious, insatiable about it.” And there is no other definition for her that would contain all of these........

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