The "lost capital city". Travel through the history of Rome’s literary vision: the writings of Dolores Prato

Journal title STORIA URBANA
Author/s Valentina Polci
Publishing Year 2017 Issue 2017/154
Language Italian Pages 18 P. 31-48 File size 126 KB
DOI 10.3280/SU2017-154003
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On the occasion of the first centenary celebrations of Rome as the Italian capital (1971), Dolores Prato went further into the history, the urban landscape and traditions of Rome, with special attention to the transformations and destructions - a real "murder" - suffered by the city since it became the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, passing through the Fascist rhetoric and the consolidation of industrial capitalism. She expressed her views in articles published between 1950 and 1970 on Paese Sera, a newspaper that sympathized with the Italian Communist Party, and in a onsiderable amount of notes, sketches, images written for Voce fuori coro, an unpublished pamphlet in contrast with the mainstream historiography of the Risorgimento. What emerges is an anti-myth of the capital and, at the same time, a narrative of a popular city of small hidden miracles, born to be a metropolis of the catholic world rather than the capital of a national state.

Keywords: Rome capital city, Risorgimento, Fascism, Urban transformation, Dolores Prato.

Valentina Polci, La «capitale decolorata». Viaggio attraverso la storia della visione letteraria di Roma: gli scritti di Dolores Prato in "STORIA URBANA " 154/2017, pp 31-48, DOI: 10.3280/SU2017-154003