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54

by Wu Ming

54 by Wu Ming X
54 by Wu Ming
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Desert the Italian army, our people will be glad to help you! Give your weapons and ammunition to the partisans and the Popular Defence.

Join the Slovenian partisan units and help them, guns in hand, to bring to an early conclusion the absurd butchery of war, so that you can very soon return to your homes, to your poor abandoned mothers, wives and children, and establish a true sovereignty of the people in your own homeland.


Long live the common struggle of all peoples against fascist barbarism!

Long live the ussr and its invincible red army, the most powerful defender of freedom and progress!

Long live stalin, the leader of the people and workers in all countries!

Long live the Communist Party of Yugoslavia!
Long live stalin, the leader of the people and workers in all countries!

Long live the Communist Party of Yugoslavia!

Death to fascism – freedom to the people!


Central Committee of theCommunist Party of Slovenia


Someone had written ‘SMRT FAŠISMU’in red paint on the peeling wall.

The men had been lined up in front of it.
Their faces were blank. Closed, absent. Like the windows of the village.
The captain yelled orders at the unit. The Italian soldiers assumed their positions, rifles shouldered. Almost all of them reservists. The officer was the youngest, with a well-trimmed moustache and a grey garrison cap tilted on his forehead.
The condemned men raised their eyes to look their butchers in the face. To be certain that they were men like themselves. They were used to death, even their own, they had grown accustomed to it over thousands of generations.
On the other side eyes lowered, reflected sensations.

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Copyright © 2002 Giulio Einaudi editore s.p.a., Torino
Translation copyright © Shaun Whiteside 2005

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