HISTORIA ALTERNATYWNA JAKO KOMENTARZ DO WSPÓŁCZESNOŚCI: HISTORIA JUTRA CURZIA MALAPARTEGO
Alternate history as a political commentary: Curzio Malaparte’s Story of Tomorrow
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In his 1949 short novel, Story of Tomorrow, Italian writer Curzio Malaparte depicts postwar Europe invaded by the Soviet Union. The book focuses on the new political order in Italy, and particularly on the fates of several important Italian politicians from the 1940 decade (Alcide De Gasperi, Palmiro Togliatti) and of the author himself. It can be disputed whether the text may be considered an alternate history (or rather political fiction), mainly because of the lack of an explicit nexus event (i.e. the event that creates the alternative reality in relation to the one known to the reader). Although the events depicted in the book take place in near future or – more probably – in an alternative present, the author’s main aim is to provide a highly critical and satirical commentary on contemporary Italy’s political situation.
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