'45

'45

author Maurizio A. C. Quarello 

illustrations of Maurizio A. C. Quarello 

 

 

rights sold: French and German language 

collection: album
 

 

 

April 2017 

11 years and older, pages 96, cm. 21 x 30 

isbn 9788899064297, € 19,00 

 
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It is Christmas 1944. The partisans have set up an ambush for an SS truck, and a woman is waiting for the return of her man. At daybreak she sees him coming from a hill and welcomes him with an embrace. But the partisan must hurriedly hide in the attic as two German soldiers approach the farmhouse in search of food. She hides the pistol he forgot on the window sill and prepares two fried eggs, making herself understood with barely a few gestures. The photographs of the son, a young Alpine attracts the soldiers’ attention. In that winter the partisans are waiting for the arrival of spring to resume their actions. They succeed in assault on a garrison of the fascist army of the Republic of Salò. The war is coming to an end and they unite to prepare the liberation of the big city. On the 24 of April 1945 they begin the Five Days of Turin: the city rises, the factories are being occupied. The moment of victory and liberation has arrived. On the 28th of April, during the great manifestation in the Piazza Vittorio, in the midst of the partisan army, celebrating at the side of her husband, the woman encounters her soldier son and as she embraces him her eyes meet those of a captive soldier on a truck – in a flash she finds herself back on that morning when two fried eggs saved her life and that of her family. A true story, that of Maurizio Quarello’s grandfather, a partisan commander, told in images that reflect the grandson’s respect for the values and importance of his forebear.