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Pre-Occupied SpacesRemapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies$
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Teresa Fiore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274321

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.001.0001

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Edification between Nation and Migration in Cavanna’s Les Ritals and Adascalitei’s “Il giorno di San Nicola”

Edification between Nation and Migration in Cavanna’s Les Ritals and Adascalitei’s “Il giorno di San Nicola”

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(p.137) Five Edification between Nation and Migration in Cavanna’s Les Ritals and Adascalitei’s “Il giorno di San Nicola”
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Pre-Occupied Spaces
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Teresa Fiore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.003.0009

This chapter shows how the current exploitation of foreign immigrant workers in the construction sector in Italy today is not dissimilar from the experiences that Italian emigrants encountered some years ago: Mariana Adascalitei’s Romanian protagonists in her yet unpublished novella “Il giorno di San Nicola” are quite reminiscent of François Cavanna’s Italian bricklayers in France, as recounted in his 1978 novel Les Ritals.The chapter investigates the tension at work between ambitions of personal improvement and the dangers and invisibility intrinsic to construction sites, one of the most common workplaces for Italian male immigrants abroad in the past and for foreign male immigrants in Italy today.

Keywords:   Mariana Adascalitei, building, François Cavanna, construction workers, France, Italy, migration, preoccupation, Romania

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