Presentation Sunday, July 15 at 11:00, Town Hall, sala dello Spagna (Piazza del Comune,1).
Staffan de Mistura, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Duilio Giammaria, correspondent for TG1, will participate along with the author.
Who killed Lumi Videla?, published by Mursia, is the memorial of Emilio Barbarani, the Italian diplomat who in 1974 was sent to Santiago to manage the crisis of the Italian embassy occupied by hundreds of refugees fleeing the revolutionary regime. The body of Lumi Videla, a militant of the MIR, was thrown into the Italian residence during the night.
The investigation into the murder Videla is the theme of a beautiful and dramatic testimony on the start of a dictatorship that lasted 17 years, where all the contradictions of a country split in two can be read in backlight. In a divided Chile, there is a movement of heroes and torturers, cynical politicians and mothers in search of missing children, fascinating spies and criminals, courageous priests (Barbarani shows the fundamental role of the Chilean Church in defense of the opponents) and indifferent citizens. Among them, the young Italian diplomat who literally, puts himself between the refugees and the secret police: he is closed in the embassy for two years weaving a silent but effective network of assistance and protection that will save hundreds of lives. To do this he must learn to move in that free zone where spies and double-crossers operate, where human lives have a price to be paid. Whatever it is.
In 2008, with Chile returned to democracy, some agents of the DINA, starting from its chief, were sentenced by the judge for the death of the young MIR militant. But is the story really clear? The confidences of an intelligence agent of the Chilean Air Force insinuate more than a doubt at the end of the book.
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