THE DOLLFUSS DIRECTIVE
When Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss learns that Italian Premier Benito
Mussolini will meet with German Chancellor Adolf Hitler in Venice, he worries over the
Nazi's plans to annex his Austrian homeland. He calls on war hero Sepp Karper to go to
Venice and abduct and exile the German. Considering the Dollfuss directive a pipedream,
Austrian Vice Chancellor Ernst Starhemberg orders Sepp, a skilled marksman, to pursue
a more permanent solution.
Sepp establishes the cover identity of an astronomy professor and, as the story
unfolds, we experience his dogged dedication to the mission. We also observe the three
governments' internal workings and gain insights into their leaders' personal lives.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt becomes involved when he sends an unofficial
observer to be his eyes and ears in Venice.
Intrigue ensues with the introduction of a suspicious Roman reporter, a crafty Italian
movie director, a snooping Austrian major, inquisitive police detectives, and a homicidal
cuckold. Supporting Sepp is an unlikely collection that includes a kindly toymaker, a
wayward couturier, a reluctant priest, and a beautiful woman photographer from
Love, intimacy, hate, betrayal, heroism, and confusion over the mission's success
follow as the fast-paced story builds to a crescendo in St. Mark's square, bell tower, and
mid-seventies, when I was twenty-two years old and I was an atheist,
with long shoulder-length hair and rock guitar in tow, I got to know
Teresa of Calcutta, my father's great friend, who had her helped to
Missionaries in Rome. My father forced me to pick her up at the airport
accompany her around the city. I attended her for almost twenty-five
until her death and, in the meantime, we became good friends. She never
to me about faith or religion, she didn't ask me anything. But he
know everything about my Vespa trips to Europe, my Psychology studies
first television programs that I started writing for Rai. She was witty
funny to me, as nobody imagines that she was Mother Teresa. Day after
wonderful little nun, with her concrete example, entered my heart and
also came too.
NEVE AL MARE
RAGAZZI NELLA FIRENZE DEI MEDICI
LADRO DI PICASSO ( Ed. Corsare )
LE STRADE PORTANO A GENOVA
PALAZZO DEL FREDDO
(Mamma natale - Mursia Publisher)
Emergency! It’s Christmas Eve and Santa Claus has the flu! And what a flu it is, with a temperature of 104 °F! Dr. Gufo de Gufus confirms the terrible sentence: No leaving the house; Doctor‘s Orders! . The poor old man is desperate for all the world’s millions of children are waiting for his presents and gifts and he absolutely positively cannot disappoint them! Lo and behold Camilla the old reindeer and one of Santa’s faithful companions who comes up with the solution: ask Mama Christmas, Santa’s sister who lives in the South Seas, for help. So begins the adventure of this jolly old woman who, after an initial moment of bewilderment, is able to carry out her mission to a happy ending.
MOMMY CHRISTMAS AND THE PIRATES
(Mamma natale ei pirati - Mursia Publisher)
A new adventure for Mama Christmas. This time it’s battling with terrible pirates who have stolen toys from her brother Santa Claus’ floating toy factory ship. With help from her friend Archibald the scientist and his ingenious inventions, once again the jolly old lady is able to save the day.
(Made in Italy Publisher)
Seven easy and romantic walks by foot around Rome. Curious windows, unknown squares, open air fruit and flower markets, ancient buildings and mysterious baroque churches. All this together with amusing anecdotes and memories of a life lived by the author.