This book contains the last letters of Lieutenant Angelo Campodonico, who died on the Carso frontline in April 1917. Campodonico was the son of a wealthy Genoese merchant. He received the silver Medal for Military Valour. A hopeful writer, during assaults he read verses of Dante Alighieri aloud, possibly to entertain other soldiers, or boost his own morale. A small copy of The Divine Comedy was found with his body.
Angelo Campodonico is second from the right, indicated by an arrow.
- Article by:
- Modris Eksteins
- Representation and memory
Focusing on works of fiction produced during the 1920s-30s, Professor Emeritus Modris Eksteins explores the role of literature as a means to confront and overcome the devastation of World War One.