In 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote, ‘At the beginning of the sixties, the fireflies began to disappear in our nation, due to pollution of the air, and the azure rivers and limpid canals, above all in the countryside. This was a stunning and searing phenomenon. There were no fireflies left after a few years.’ These reflections – which appeared in an article entitled ‘Il Vuoto del Potere in Italia’ (‘The Power Void in Italy’) in Corriere Della Sera – were…
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