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A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo

A Chill in the Air

A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo
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Aug 07, 2018 | 192 Pages
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“A gripping insight into the period leading up to the summer of 1940, when Mussolini aligned with Hitler against the Allies…[Origo] kept this diary as a record of what she learnt from gossip, hearsay, newspaper reports and the foreign radio broadcasts she tuned into, in an attempt to cut through the propaganda and piece together the true global picture.” —The Telegraph

“A reminder of what an intelligent, scholarly and perceptive writer Origo was, and of the deep affection she felt for her adopted country. She had no illusions about its shortcomings, but she understood them in a way few foreigners ever have done.” —Caroline Moorehead, The Times Literary Supplement

“What Iris Origo captures here, poignantly and with great clarity, is the silence that falls when peacetime debate is replaced by the brute simplicity of armed combat.” —Lucy Hughes-Hallett
 
A Chill in the Air proves Origo a strikingly attentive and perceptive chronicler of ordinary people and everyday life during extraordinary times.” —The National (UK)
 
“Origo’s compelling and illuminating journal is a potent blend of sifted news reports, collected rumours and collated views. In and around this, Origo sprinkles her own shrewd reflections, keen-eyed observations and ever-increasing doubts.” —The Herald (UK) 

“This volume, a worthy counterpart to War in the Val d’Orcia, focuses on Mussolini’s fatal miscalculation that, heedless of the dangers for Italy, he could side with Hitler to extract maximum profit from a German victory. Origo decided in March 1939 to keep the diary to help her remain ‘steady’ as the government of her adopted homeland became increasingly hostile to her two countries of origin.” —The Guardian

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