I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli

I Belong Only to Myself The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli Leda Rafanelli was one of the most prolific propagandists in early twentieth century Italy She began working as a typesetter in her teens and went on to found and run several publishing hou

  • Title: I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli
  • Author: Andrea Pakieser Leda Rafanelli
  • ISBN: 9781849351959
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • Leda Rafanelli 1880 1971 was one of the most prolific propagandists in early twentieth century Italy She began working as a typesetter in her teens, and went on to found and run several publishing houses Her own body of work included scores of novels, pamphlets, short stories, children s books, essays, and poems A comrade of Benito Mussolini before he was a fascist, sLeda Rafanelli 1880 1971 was one of the most prolific propagandists in early twentieth century Italy She began working as a typesetter in her teens, and went on to found and run several publishing houses Her own body of work included scores of novels, pamphlets, short stories, children s books, essays, and poems A comrade of Benito Mussolini before he was a fascist, she converted to both anarchism and Islam at the age of twenty, a combination characteristic of her iconoclastic approach to life and politics Rafanelli developed her own uniquely social form of individualist anarchism, which shunned the egoist trappings of the times, and practiced a deeply personal form of Islam even as she denounced religion She countered both patriarchy and bourgeois feminism with feminility, a concept that predates some similar tenets of radical feminism by many decades As some anarchists fell in with Marinetti and futurism s often reactionary bravado, Rafanelli boldly declared herself a Passist Weaving excerpts from Rafanelli s novels, poems, and essays presented here for the first time in English translation with extensive biographical research, Andrea Pakieser traces a biographical path through the waves of strikes and insurrections that accompanied the shaky foundation of the Italian nation the evolution and offshoots of the anarchist movement as it mixed and blended with syndicalism and egoist currents and the chaos and insecurity brought by fascism and global war Withdrawing from public life after WWII, Leda embarked on a new career as a palm and card reader, while working on writing biographical sketches of her anarchist comrades and continuing to invent her personal and unorthodox forms of freedom.Andrea Pakieser is a Andrea Pakieser is a writer, researcher, and translator.

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    1. Leda Rafanelli is so dreamy. Rafanelli was an eclectic character, an individualist anarchist, Muslim, "feminilist," fantastic dresser and okay poet to boot! This biography is organized around the various aspects of her unique personality and beliefs, showcasing her ideologies alongside historical events (she was dating Mussolini before he was a fascist), but also interspersing her prose, poetry, and 'propaganda' of this fascinating compagni. Here's a picture, just for good measure.

    2. This book was unexpectedly delightful. I know little about Italian anarchists in history and knew nothing about Leda Rafanelli before AK sent this book along. Anyone who is interested in turn of the last century leftists, Italian history, obscure social justice fiction writers, or just radical bohemian women who tried to carve out their own life - despite expectations - will likely enjoy this.

    3. While not the kind of book I’d typically pick up to read—though I do like biographies, I read the book because I know the author/editor. One of the reasons the author/editor wrote the book was to have “…the conversations and discussions surrounding promotional activitiesto be as inspiring and enlightening as the process of researching and working out the book itself.” She can definitely chalk this one off the list. I’m an educated man but in the course of reading this book—I had to [...]

    4. I Belong Only to Myself does well in contextualizing Leda Rafanelli's writing within the political landscape of early 20th century Western Europe. I appreciate the author's honesty in her acknowledgement of inconsistencies in Leda's beliefs and how coming of age in colonial-era Italy inevitably coloured her views on the Middle East and North Africa as a convert to Islam. This book is by no means a comprehensive collection of Leda's writing (if such a thing could exist), but definitely furthered [...]

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