Norman Nawrocki is on tour performing scenes from his new book, Cazzarola! Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy. Above, there is a video link to his earlier version of the story, his play, Cazzarola! Anarchy & Mussolini, the Roma & Italy, Today. He has also created a soundtrack to go with the book, and plays some of the songs during his performance. Cazzarola! is a historical novel about generations of Italian anarchists, from the 19th century to the present day, when one of the anarchists falls in love with a Romani woman. The situation for the Romani in Europe continues to deteriorate, harassed by the authorities, denied refugee status, subject to racist attacks, and often deported. Here is a list of Norman’s next tour dates: November 15th – Montreal; November 17th – Quebec City; November 19th – Kingston; November 20th – Peterborough; November 21st – Orillia; November 22nd – Kitchener; November 23rd – Guelph; November 24th – Hamilton; November 25th – Toronto; December 3rd – Ottawa. Watch out for some U.S. tour dates in the New Year.
CAZZAROLA! is a gripping, epic, political, historical novel spanning 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a family of Italian anarchists. It details the family’s heroic, multigenerational resistance to fascism in Italy and their ongoing involvement in the anarchist movement. From early 20th-century factory strikes and occupations, armed anarchist militias, and attempts on Mussolini’s life, to postwar student and labor protest, and confronting the newest wave of contemporary neofascist violence sweeping Europe, the Discordias navigate the decades of political, economic, and social turmoil. Against this historical backdrop, Antonio falls in love with Cinka, a proud but poverty-stricken Romani refugee from the “unwanted people,” without a country or home, forced to flee again and again searching for peace. Theirs becomes a life-changing and forbidden relationship. Both are forced to reevaluate their lives and contend with cultural taboos, xenophobia, and the violent persecution of Romani refugees in Italy today.