A Life of Resistance

A Life of Resistance

Ada Prospero Marchesini Gobetti (1902-1968)

Jomarie Alano


University of Rochester Press



This biography of writer, translator, teacher, and feminist Ada Gobetti, the first in English or Italian, frames her activism in the Resistenza as a chapter in a lifetime of resistance.
By the time Turin was liberated in April 1945, writer, translator, teacher, and women's rights activist Ada Gobetti had been fighting fascism for almost twenty-five years. This biography, the first in English or Italian, frames her wartime activism in the Resistenza as a chapter in a lifetime of resistance. Ada Gobetti participated in the underground Giustizia e Libertà movement, and helped to found the Partito d'Azione, a political party whose members asked her to represent them as vice mayor of Turin after the war. For Ada Gobetti, the Resistenza also brought an awareness of the specific talents, needs, and rights of Italian women. This led her to organize other Italian women against German occupiers and Fascist oppressors, found an underground women's newspaper, and solidify her views regarding women as a political force. After 1945, resistance meant espousing a set of ideals exemplified by the best that came out of the Resistenza, ideals of grassroots democracy, women's rights, and democratic education for which Ada Gobetti would fight for the rest of her life.

Jomarie Alano is a visiting scholar at Cornell University's Institute for European Studies. She is the translator and editor of Ada Gobetti's Diario partigiano, published by Oxford University Press in 2014 as Partisan Diary: A Woman's Life in the Italian Resistance.


February 2017
20 black and white illustrations
326 pages
9x6 in
ISBN: 9781580465724
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC BIO022000, HIS020000, POL042030
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Table of Contents

Early Years (1902-1918)
New Life (1918-1920)
The Path of Resistance (1920-1926)
Resisting Alone (1926-1939)
Antifascism for Children (1939-1940)
War (1940-1943)
The Resistenza (1943-1945)
Postwar Politics (1945-1947)
Women's Rights, Human Rights (1947-1961)
Educating Resisters (1947-1968)
Conclusion: The Legacy of Resistance