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Book Presentation: "Possess the Air" by Taras Grescoe



Book Presentation:

The Istituto Italiano di Cultura will host a presentation for the new book by Taras Grescoe, "Possess the Air - Love, Heroism, and the Battle for the Soul of Mussolini's Rome".


Whoever you are, you are sure to be a severe critic of Fascism, and you must feel the servile shame. But even you are responsible for your inaction. Do not seek to justify yourself with the illusion that there is nothing to be done. That is not true. Every person of courage and honour is quietly working for a free Italy. Even if you do not want to join us, there are still TEN THINGS which you can do. You can, and therefore you must.

These unsayable words, printed on leaflets that rained down on Mussolini’s headquarters in the heart of Rome at the height of the dictator’s power, drive the central drama of Possess the Air. This is the story of freedom fighters who defied Italy’s despot by opposing the rising tide of populism and xenophobia. Chief among them: poet and aviator Lauro de Bosis, firstborn of an Italian aristocrat and a New Englander, who transformed himself into a modern Icarus and amazed the world as he risked his life in the skies to bring Il Duce down. Taras Grescoe’s inspiring story of resistance, risk, and sacrifice paints a portrait of heroes in the fight against authoritarianism. This is an essential biography for our time.

About the Author:

Taras Grescoe, the award-winning author of six non-fiction books, has been a professional, full-time freelance journalist and author in Canada for the last twenty-five years. His works of book-length reportage have been translated into half a dozen languages and have received international critical acclaim. His magazine features have won Western and National Magazine Awards in Canada and national prizes in the United States and have been published around the world in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The Times of London. He has a large following on social media and is a popular public speaker on the themes of urbanism and sustainable transportation. Born in Toronto, raised in Vancouver and Calgary, he now lives in Montreal with his wife and their two young sons, Desmond and Victor.


Date: Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura | 496 Huron Street


Taras Grescoe