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THE ITALIAN SHOAH 41 By the 1950s, novels on the subject had already been published in Italy, some which are virtually unknown. One forgotten example is that of writer and actress Neda Naldi, nome d’art of Italia Volpiana, wife of Salvo Randone. In 1955, Naldi published her novel, L’ebrea (The Jewess) with Cappelli, her publisher in Bologna. This is a novel focused more on the forced exodus of Italian Jews from their homes than on life in the camp. It is nevertheless a novel dealing with the Shoah and its extreme consequences as it narrates the decisions (we can think of autobiographical reasons due to the anagram of her author’s last name, Naldi-Landi) made about leaving one’s own country due to racial laws and deportation.
Intervento” 224) To let what lies behind the facts run (“far fluire quello che c’è dietro ai fatti”Levi, “Intervento” 224) amounts to unearthing the deep sense of what the collectivity feels, but cannot express. I believe this is what artists do. As Charles Baudelaire states, true genius sets us back to childhood for it resides in seeing with a magnifying lens what only children—not adults—can see (8). Literary texts carry the burdensome task of pushing us to see things with more focus; they shed light on obscure, yet important details.
The habituation toward repetitive oral testimonies on the Giornata della Memoria, then, does allow for the charge of a negative weight that the memory brings with it, so as Levi argues by drawing from Samuel T. ” This form of memory, applied to the linguistic and rhetorical practice of writing a literary text (a text whose intentions intrinsically depend and benefit from the phatic role of language) belongs to collectivity and, as such, it must be studied and analyzed towards an awareness of historical facts.