Francesca Melandri

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‘We Italians have clawed ourselves out of the tragic pit we were in this spring.’ Military trucks take away coffins in Seriate, Lombardy, in March. Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

If there ever was an unlikely country to be designated a model of collective civility, that’s Italy. My native land is usually depicted as a beautiful place whose abundance of natural and cultural treasures is entrusted, alas, to its disorganised, corrupt, unruly inhabitants.

And yet everybody these days seems to be lavishing praise on us: the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal are all describing as exemplary the way in which we Italians have clawed ourselves out of the tragic pit we were in this spring, as coronavirus raged and convoys of military trucks had to be deployed to carry the coffins – they were so many.…  Seguir leyendo »