The Fugitive

The Fugitive

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of a man falsely accused of a crime in Italy who flees to the French underworld before traveling to a Mexico besieged by guerrilla warfare.

Blackwell North Amer
Massimo Carlotto's odyssey began in 1976 when, as a member of a militant leftwing organization that had fallen awry of the ruling powers, he was arrested and falsely accused of murder. Unwilling to play the role of fall guy in a political power struggle, he chose to flee the country rather than wait for a verdict that the whole country knew was a foregone conclusion. He first went into hiding in the French underworld and then made his way to a Mexico embroiled in bloody class conflict. Betrayed by a Mexican lawyer, he returned to Italy in 1985 and spent six years in prison, during which time the "Carlotto case" became Italy's most famous legal fiasco.
Carlotto was finally freed with a presidential pardon in 1993. Subsequently, his case helped bring about significant changes to the Italian criminal code to ensure that similar judicial travesties would never happen again. The Fugitive is the first book Carlotto wrote as a free man. Virtually a handbook on how to live life on the run, The Fugitive is also a novel full of underworld characters and moments that Carlotto recounts in the prose that has become his trademark.

Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2007
ISBN: 9781933372259
Branch Call Number: Fiction Carlotto
PQ4863.A7198 F813 2007
Characteristics: 162 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shugaar, Antony - Translator
Alternative Title: Fuggiasco


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Jan 03, 2015

In Padua, Italy, 31 years before the famous Amanda Knox case there was the Massimo Carlotto case. His was the longest and most drawn out case in the history of the Italian justice system. He fled the country when a request for an appeal was denied. His real life account of his experiences in exile is fascinating. His story was sad, it appalled me, yet it was humorous in places. Bravo!


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