Contemporary Italian Narrative and 1970s Terrorism

Stranger than Fact

  • David Ward

Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. David Ward
    Pages 1-34
  3. David Ward
    Pages 35-73
  4. David Ward
    Pages 75-123
  5. David Ward
    Pages 125-193
  6. David Ward
    Pages 195-205
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-241

About this book


This book is about literary representations of the both left- and right-wing Italian terrorism of the 1970s by contemporary Italian authors. In offering detailed analyses of the many contemporary novels that have terrorism in either their foreground or background, it offers a “take” on postmodern narrative practices that is alternative to and more positive than the highly critical assessment of Italian postmodernism that has characterized some sectors of current Italian literary criticism. It explores how contemporary Italian writers have developed narrative strategies that enable them to represent the fraught experience of Italian terrorism in the 1970s. In its conclusions, the book suggests that to meet the challenge of representation posed by terrorism fiction rather than fact is the writer’s best friend and most effective tool.


Trauma Politics Cultural representation Aesthetics Reality

Authors and affiliations

  • David Ward
    • 1
  1. 1.MadisonUSA

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