Tiziana Ferrario presents ASHES

Tuesday 11 June 2024 - 9 p.m. - FREE ENTRANCE

Biography: Tiziana Ferrario, journalist, foreign policy correspondent, anchor and writer, was a New York correspondent for RAI. She has chronicled wars and humanitarian crises; for her work on conflicts in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa, she was appointed Knight of Merit of the Order of the Republic by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi. She is the author of several books, including novels based on true stories, The Afghan Princess and the Garden of the Young Rebels (2021) and The Odessa Girl (2022).

Descriptive text of the book:
A book intended for those who love historical novels with unforgettable female figures at the center. Milan as it has never been told. A city in turmoil, brothels and extreme poverty, the exploitation of young girls, the sparks of fashion that would impose itself on the world, and socialism with the city’s most prominent and elegant women, from Ersilia Bronzini Majno – wife of Socialist parliamentarian Luigi Majno – to Anna Kuliscioff – companion of Filippo Turati. It is the women of the Women’s Union (1899) who will fight so many battles. Ferrario tells the story of two little girls, Mariuccia Majno (daughter of Luigi and Ersilia Majno) and Giovannina Lombardi (leader of the exploited girls who would organize an exemplary strike in 1902), bringing the reader into an era that the novel form restores with great intensity.

“Milan, May 1898. Those who were there to witness the events of that tragic spring argue that there should have been prudent rulers. Instead, forty years after the 5 Days, the great uprising of the people against the Austrian invaders, blood again flooded the streets and sidewalks of the city leaving dead and wounded…”