“I’m learning to fish,” Giulia said. “From my friend Cenzo? I could sell tickets to that.”
“Us. We are the crabs, climbing over each other and shedding our own shells, Fascists one moment, Reds the next.”
“A wise man,” he liked to say, “keeps his ignorance to himself.”
The German army had two hundred thousand veteran troops in Italy. Mussolini had fifty thousand hard-core Fascists. Together they controlled Milan, Turin, Genoa and Verona and Salo, the new capital of the German Republic. The war was lost, but it wasn’t over.
Maria Paz was In her late thirties, an athletic woman with bangles on her wrist and a hint of carnal knowledge to her smile. Cenzo could picture her at the head of a conga line.
…and the shirts bore his monogram GGV for Giorgio “Giovanni” Vianello. The middle name was always given by the church and the name for boys in Pellestrina was always Giovanni.