MY BOOK ABOUT “SMOMBIES, SMARTPHONES AND CYBERBULLIES” IS N.1 AT AMAZON BEST SELLERS FOR CHILDREN!

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Incredible, but true! Despite the heat, despite the holidays, despite August, my book “Pronto? Sono il librofonino” (“Hello? I’m the bookmobilephone”), that I wrote for “I Quindici” Publishing, with the illustrations by Eleonora Moretti, today gains the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers ranking. It is placed at n.1, of the category Books for Children on Complex Themes. But not only: it also comes in 7th place for the category of books on the subject of Bullying. It is a particularly significant news, also because the book – which tells “stories of smombies, smartphones and cyberbullies” – was released in January 2017 and since then has always remained in the Top 100 of Amazon, also supported by the long series of meetings that I had in schools throughout Italy, meeting up to now about 40.000 students. A huge “thank you” to the ever more numerous readers who have decreed the success of this “little” book that is thrilling kids and families all over Italy! For info and meetings in schools with the author: sandinipaolo@gmail.com

IN THIS PHOTOGALLERY SOME OF THE DRAWINGS CREATED BY ITALIAN STUDENTS ISPIRED BY MY BOOK. THE DRAWINGS WERE CREATED BY ISTITUTO COMPRENSIVO 1 IN MONTE S.GIOVANNI CAMPANO (FROSINONE, ITALY).

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A NEW EDITION FOR MY BOOK WHICH TELLS STORIES ABOUT SMOMBIES, FAKE NEWS AND CYBERBULLIES

DRAWINGS BY ELEONORA MORETTI FROM THE BOOK “PRONTO? SONO IL LIBROFONINO”, BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI (2017)

 

All sold out in a few months, so here is the new edition for my book about the phenomenon of mobile phones. Published by I Quindici – historical Italian brand for children’s literature – the book is titled “Pronto? Sono il librofonino” (Hello, this is the cellphonebook). A cellphone tells stories about smombies, smartphones, fake news and cyber-bullies. The beautiful drawings were made by Eleonora Moretti, layout and graphics were carried out by Emilia Penati. Around my new book, in the coming weeks, in several Italian cities, public readings and lectures will involve younger audiences debating topics of modern communication.

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Dopo il tutto esaurito in pochi mesi, ecco la nuova edizione del mio libro per ragazzi, scritto sul fenomeno dei telefoni mobili. Edito da I Quindici – storico marchio italiano per la letteratura infantile – il libro si intitola “Pronto? Sono il librofonino – Un cellulare racconta storie di smombies, smartphones e cyber-bulli”. I bellissimi disegni sono stati realizzati da Eleonora Moretti, l’impaginazione e la grafica sono state curate da Emilia Penati. Attorno al libro sono previste nelle prossime settimane, in numerose città italiane, pubbliche letture e conferenze che coinvolgeranno il pubblico dei giovanissimi sui temi della moderna comunicazione.

I SHOW YOU THE STUNNING CRYPT IN ASSISI (ITALY) WHERE THE NATIONAL PREMIERE OF MY BOOK “FRANCESCO” (3rd VOLUME OF THE SERIES) TOOK PLACE

 

 

Photos Copyright:

Museo della Cattedrale e Cripta S.Rufino, Assisi, Italy

Roberto Alborghetti, Italy. 

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I lived an extraordinary meeting in the land of St. Francis, in Assisi (Italy) to present in national premiere the third volume of “Francesco”, the “first major historical illustrated biography of Pope Francis” that  I had the honour to write (Edizioni Velar). The event took place on Friday June 26, at the Cathedral of S.Rufino, specifically in the “very heart” of the city of Saint Francis, in the crypt which houses the S.Rufino museum and art gallery. I think images talk better than words (see the photo-gallery). 

Assisi Cathedral dedicated to San Rufino is a major church in Assisi, that has been important in the history of the Franciscan order. This stately church in Umbrian Romanesque style was the third church built on the same site to contain the remains of bishop Rufinus of Assisi, martyred in the 3rd century.

Under the cathedral there is a crypt – the presentation of my book took place there – with the pagan Roman sarcophagus from the 3rd century, asserted to have once contained the remains of Saint Rufinus. It bears across its front, as many sarcophagi do, a bas-relief with the myth of Diana and Endymion, offering a pagan vision of tranquil afterlife. Here are also the Pozzo della Mensa, a medieval well and the ruins of a Carolingian cloister from the 10th century.

The Museo Diocesano e Cripta di San Rufino (Museum of the Cathedral and Crypt of San Rufino) was opened in 1941. It contains lot of works associated with the cathedral. I have to mention, for examples, the Front of 2nd century AD Roman sarcophagus con Nikai Clipeofore e a libation scene; the detached frescoes of Mary and Christ by the Master of Saint Clare (last quarter of the 13th century); the detached frescoes on Passion and Crucifixion by Puccio Capanna (1334), once in the Oratory of San Rufinuccio; the  Polyptych of the Story of San Rufino (1462) by Niccolò Alunno ; The Perkins collection composed of 32 works including Giovanni BoccatiJacopo della QuerciaFilippo LippiFrancesco di Giorgio Martini, and Giovanni Santi.

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“DON’T ASK OURSELVES WHAT KIND OF WORLD WE’LL LEAVE TO OUR CHILDREN, BUT WHAT KIND OF CHILDREN WE’LL LEAVE TO THIS WORLD”

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My new second book about Pope Francis is out now.

Its title is: “Quando il giorno era una freccia” (“When the day was an arrow”); the English translation of the book isn’t (now) available. 

Published by AGeSC, it investigates Pope Francis in relation to education, culture and school, which are “the keys to all changes and social development” (Pope Francis). 

Special presentation of the book at Rimini Meeting on next 28 August, 2014, h. 4pm. Other conferences and lectures will take place in the next weeks also in Turin, Acqui Terme, Verona, Vicenza, Treviso, Ravenna, Forlì, Siena, Rome.

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"Quando il giorno era una freccia", Roberto Alborghetti, AGeSC, 2014, Pag. 170

“Quando il giorno era una freccia”, Roberto Alborghetti, AGeSC, 2014, Pag. 170

THE MAKING OF “FRANCESCO”, MY BEST-SELLING BOOK ON POPE FRANCIS…/ A BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEOCLIP

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By Velar Press Office

“A great team for a great work”: this video shows some images about the making of “Francesco” (“Francis”) the first illustrated and historical biography – written by journalist and author Roberto Alborghetti for Velar-Elledici Publishing – about the new Pope.  This work is the result of the wonderful participation of many people – about 30 persons! – to whom we want to dedicate this videoclip. Without them, without the precious collaboration of each of them, we could never accomplish and complete this important and best selling book. The work (in Italian language, but publishing company is planning an English version for e-books market) was carried out in two versions: a single volume and a special edition in two volumes + slipcase.   

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Pope Francis and author Roberto Alborghetti during the private encounter in Casa Santa Marta (Vatican City, Rome) for the presentation of the biography.

Pope Francis and author Roberto Alborghetti during the private encounter in Casa Santa Marta (Vatican City, Rome) for the presentation of the biography.

6 MONTHS OF WORK, 340 IMAGES, UNPUBLISHED STORIES, TWO LARGE FORMAT VOLUMES…

Over 550,000 lines of text, 14 chapters, 340 photographs, 6 months of work and researches: these are the numbers that define the “first historical and illustrated biography” about new Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 266 th Pope of history, the first to assume the name of Francis, the first South American Pope, the first Pope belonging to the Society of Jesus.

Francis” helps us to know a “son of Italian immigrants” who became the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The volumes – “the most-awaited event for Italian publishing industry” as media stated – dig deep into the historical records and documents starting from the news about the Pope’s family, reconstructing moments and facts concerning the emigration from Italy to Argentina, specifying dates, times and procedures.

The Author writes about the childhood of the future Pope Francis, his progressive steps in education, his lung disease, his religious vocation on the backdrop of social and historical scenarios of Argentina. “Francis” also delves into the distinctive elements of cultural education of the future Pope Francis, his relations with the  world of Latin American thinkers, authors and essayists (Jorge Luis Borges, Methol Ferre, Gera, Scannone) who drew new perspectives for South American continent. The book  contextualizes informations and news related to the evolution of social and historical periods in Argentina, as president Peron’s age. 

Unpublished testimonies help to discover Jorge Mario Bergoglio during his years at the helm of the Jesuits in Argentina, his pastoral insights, his role in saving lives during the military dictatorship (1976-1983), his experiences as rector at the Collegio Massimo in San Miguel, his presence in the “barrios” between the poor and emergencies in Buenos Aires, sharing the difficulties of the population in the years of severe economic crisis that hit Argentina at the beginning of the Twenty-First century. The last chapters are dedicated to the first months of Francis pontificate.

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BOOK INFORMATIONS AT ELLEDICI SITE

EXTRAORDINARY DAY: I MET POPE FRANCIS FOR THE PRESENTATION OF THE HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY I WROTE ABOUT HIM. IMAGES TALK BETTER THAN WORDS…

READ MORE ABOUT “FRANCIS”, THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED AND HISTORICAL BIOGRAPHY ABOUT JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO, AUTHOR ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI, VELAR-ELLEDICI PUBLISHING:

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/pope-francis-person-of-the-year-my-new-book-tells-his-extraordinary-life-2-volumes-unpublished-stories-340-photos/

MY FATHER SURVIVOR IN KEFALONIA: TALKIN’ ABOUT WAR WITH STUDENTS…

  

On Wednesday June 8, at the Secondary School in Cisano Bergamasco (Bergamo, Italy), was promoted a conference with third classes students about my father, Battista Alborghetti and his dramatic story from the massacre of Kefalonia (1943).

The meeting took place a few days after the official communication by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, to confer to Battista Alborghetti the “Medal of honor” established for Italian citizens, civilian and military, deported and interned in nazi concentration camps; Baptist was imprisoned and segregated in Argostoli (Kefalonia, Greece).

The students were very interested about my father story. The conference has been organized by the School Institute and the local Kid’s Town Council. 

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MY FATHER IN THE HELL OF KEFALONIA:

WATCH THE TV DOCUMENTARY PRODUCED BY RAIUNO (ITALIAN TELEVISION CHANNEL)

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 A survivor memory, an unpunished massacre

and the State conspiracy of silence

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FROM THE BOOK BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

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My father Battista told me…  A nightmare. This is still for me, Kefalonia. I’m a survivor. I was in that hell from November 1942 to November 1944, along with other 11.600 Italians. After September 8, 1943 – as a result of our refusal to surrender to the German army – about 9-10.000 Italian soldiers were massacred. A terrible massacre, that still remains in my eyes and on my mind. There are so many images about those awful days of terror: stories of war and death, written in the blood of so many young people who pursued the dream of a better Italy. I was nineteen years old when I was assigned to the Divisione Acqui – at 33th Artillery, First group, Second battery – on the Greek-Albanian front, already controlled by German Army. The armistice proclaimed in Italy by general Badoglio (September 8, 1943) changes our destinies. Germans claim our surrender, but they do not offer enough guarantees about Italian troops repatriation. Italian officers called a consultation between the military departments: it’s an unprecedented event in the modern army history. We decide to refuse surrender and not to give our weapons to the germans. And after that, the Apocalypse…

An historical photo: Battista Alborghetti (first on the left) and five fellows in Cefalonia in 1943 before the massacre.

An historical photo: Battista Alborghetti (first on the left) and five fellows in Cefalonia in 1943 before the massacre.

In the early hours of the battle I see my three companions dying. They fall down close to me. Some minutes later, a splinter of a grenade explosion hits my left leg. The Acqui Division – poor in weapons – is destroyed. People who do not succumb in the fighting they become prey of the Wehrmacht. German soldiers rakes the island, inch by inch. I escaped from the capture in a couple of occasions; I hide myself between mules and I repaire inside water pipes in the undergrowth. They capture me on September 21.

About 300 Officers (captains, lieutenats and second lieutenants) were captured and transferred to the sadly known “Red House”, in San Teodoro. Against every principle of the international conventions, they were shot within 36 hours, four people at a time… The corpses, weighed down with rolls of barbed wire, they were then thrown into the sea, sprinkled with petrol and burned in bonfires, whose light illuminated the night, leaving a foul smell in the air.

My companions were loaded onto trucks and taken somewhere: I won’t see them anymore. My friend, the second lieutenant Giampietro Matteri – from Dongo (Como), twenty-two years old – is killed on September 24. The same destiny for another friend, the second lieutenant Pillepich, from Trieste: I still remember the terror in his eyes when, together with eleven companions, he was dragged from the group. Few minutes later we heard the shots of machine guns, followed by cries of pain, yells, invocations. And then other shots. The finishing strokes.

At the concentration camp we were treated worse than beasts. In the morning, Wehrmacht officers assembled us, offering – as they were saying – “the chance to return to Italy”. But I always said to myself: if they want to kill me, I prefer that they do it here. We now know: who accepted that proposals were shot. They were shipped on steamers, as easy targets for Stukas airplanes or for floating mines. It’s what that happened to my compatriot, Ferdinando Mangili. He climbed aboard of one of those ships that were full of soldiers who looked forward to reach home… But the ship was sunk off and the waves returned the corpses… The Germans forced me to bury the dead, all around the island. Chaplain father Luigi Ghilardini and I, we recomposed corpses or what was left of bodies mangled by bullets and then devoured by ravens and vultures…

One day the nazis picked up us suddenly and they brought us in the square of Lixouri, where they deployed 13 Greeks accused of being partisans. Those poor people were hunged under our eyes. It happened that one of them – because of a broken rope – fell to the ground. He was still alive. Nazis soldiers took him and hung him again… If at that moment I had been given a stab, I would release even a single drop of blood, so I was shocked.

In October 1944, nazis abandoned Kefalonia: they were moving to other fronts. We remained on the island for nearly a month, as forgotten people. We scanned the horizon, waiting for a ship. We wanted to end this terrible experience. Finally on November 13, the Garibaldi and Artigliere ships landed to Argostoli ‘s port. We embarked to Taranto, but to be back home I will have to wait till June 5, in 1945. The war stole me everything but the joy to be back home, as well as the inability to forget Kefalonia, the dead, the extermination, the ferocity.

No medal, no bonuses, even no official apology from the German State – apology always denied, but never officially requested by Italy – can never compensate what was removed to thousands of young people, to thousands of families. Inside me, in addition to horror, remains the strength to repeat that all this cannot longer occurs. Never again. Never again. Never again.

© Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

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