Recently, I was in Italy researching new material for my book. I met with Italian historians of WWII, Sergio Costigli and Erardo Unia. I was briefed in the city of Alba at the Institute for the study of Beppe Fenaglio’s writings on the Italian resistance during WWII. The writings are discussed in “Inappropriate Conduct.”
Beppe Fenoglio was the premier writer of the partisans in Italy in WWII. Fenoglio amazingly wrote in English. His thinly disguised autobiography, the novel “Il Partigiano Johnny” (Johnny the partisan) is a classic of war and the first hand descriptions of combat. Fenoglio was a guerilla fighter for the monarchist partisans and also a liaison with the S.O.E. (Special Operations Executive) where Toronto Star reporter Paul Morton was based.
I hope to publish a second edition of “Inappropriate Conduct” including new information on the writings of Beppe Fenoglio.