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“I replaced the anxieties of the hopeless prisoner with those of the writer”

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We remember that Cesare Battisti was delivered in January 2019 to Italy, imprisoned under the status of AS2 reserved for terrorists and put in solitary confinement in a Sardinian prison nicknamed the “Italian Guantanamo”. It seemed to Matteo Salvini, then Minister of the Interior, that the former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism (PAC) – active during the years of lead -, condemned for his participation in four homicides committed during the 1970s, crimes that he denied for a long time before confessing, had his place among the jihadists. At the end of September, things changed. Cesare Battisti obtained to be transferred to Parma in a common law prison but strangely placed in the very guarded district of drug addicts. On the occasion of the release of his new book, “the ambush”shis daughter Valentine was kind enough to pass on our questions to her during a video chat. The answers of his father, deprived of a computer, reached us a month later, written by hand on loose sheets.

First of all, how are you?

Cesare Battisti It is difficult to answer this question. The pressure from the prison staff and the pressure from the media are such that it is hour by hour that I would have to describe to you what I feel. I am overwhelmed by conflicting feelings. In this so-called prison ” ordinary “ where here I am (actually not) after almost four years of illegal high surveillance, I happen to fall into a

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