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Europe and Brexit: Marco Varvello and Donald Sassoon in conversation. Moderated by Deborah Bonetti

RAI Journalist Marco Varvello and academic Donald Sassoon present their respective books: 

Brexit Blues, by Marco Varvello, published by Mondadori, is a collection of short stories about Great Britain at the time of Brexit, but also Europe and Italy at the time of the “Third Republic”: a former Minister who organises terror attacks, a fight among next door neighbours, a Chinese nuclear power plant in the outskirts of London, the NHS services administered as gifts to a Romanian village. The result is a surreal, grotesque and ironical tale, which encompasses the complexity and ramifications of a major event which affects us all.

Sintomi morbosi, by Donald Sassoon, published by Garzanti, describes the crisis that is seemingly bringing the West to an inexorable decline. The proliferation of nationalist movements, the increase in the number of racist and xenophobic attacks, the lack of trust in the traditional political parties and the rise of social inequalities, all contribute to the feeling that we are living a phase in between the old and the new, a difficult and dangerous moment which could potentially bring to rapid regression.

Moderated by Deborah Bonetti, Director of the Foreign Press Association UK.

In collaboration with Il Circolo.


Marco Varvello is the UK correspondent for RAI – Italian State Television. He worked for “La Notte” and “Il Giornale” under Indro Montanelli. In RAI since 1987, he anchored the TV News for TG1, edited “Il Fatto” by Enzo Biagi and was previously the RAI correspondent in Berlin and the US. He won the “London Foreign Press Award 2018” for best programme in a foregin language about the UK on the subject of domestic violence. Apart from Brexit Blues, he has written another work of fiction Dimentica le Mille e una Notte, published by Rizzoli.

Donald Sassoon was born in Cairo and studied in Paris, Milan, England and the US. He is Emeritus Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London. Scholar of Eric Hobsbawm, his previous books include One Hundred Years of Socialism (1996), Mona Lisa (2001) and The Culture of the Europeans (2006), all widely translated. His latest book is Sintomi morbosi, published in Italy by Garzanti. His new book on the globalisation of capitalism between 1860 and 1914 will be published by Penguin in June. He gives lectures at universities and conferences all over the world. He has been visiting professor at various universities including Trento and Padua. For eight years he was the curator of the festival “La Storia in Piazza” in Genoa.


  • Organizzato da: ICI London