52 pages • 1 hour readDario Fo
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The published script begins with a brief prologue recounting the story of Giuseppe Pinelli, a real-world anarchist whose death during a police interrogation bears striking similarities to that of the fictional anarchist in the play. Pinelli was arrested after a series of unexplained bombings in Milan and Rome. During the interrogation, he fell—or was thrown—from the window of the police station and died.
The Prologue notes that another anarchist, named Salsedo, flew out the window of a police station in New York in 1921. In an ironic tone, the prologue’s narrator concludes from these incidents that anarchists have a tendency to jump out windows because they believe they can fly. The narrator notes that “Some observers have suspected that anarchists are able to fly, but they are also so underhanded that they smash themselves to the ground, just to incriminate the police and other state institutions by dying” (7).