Il Fischio Finale, The Final Blow

Il Fischio Finale, The Final Blow


Il Fischio Finale, The Final Blow


Davide Rubini’s latest novel is set two years after “Bribesville” (Tangentopoli), the corruption scandal which unveiled one of the darkest pages in Italy political history. In its pages the life of a semi-professional football player at the end of his career becomes intertwined with the ambitions of a veteran politician. In the aftermath of a successful season that brought the Rivaermosa football club up to the professional league for the first time in its history, captain Brando Adelmi is offered the opportunity to run for councilor in a medium sized town in northern Italy. A local politician who escaped recent corruption scandals promotes the star, recognizing a champion that will win votes. At stake there are the survival of the club in which Brando played for years and the success of the “Happy city” development project.

The Final Blow is a great surprise. Rubini tells the story of Italy in the 90s, capturing with rare skill the soul of a country that, despite the mediocrity of its ambitions, is always trying to reinvent itself, to put on a smile and to look forward. Definetely a novel to read and enjoy. (Wilson Saba – Finalist 2006 Strega Prize)
If there is one colorful lens through which it is possible to explore Italy’s miseries and miracles that lens is football. The football of great emotions and major corruption scandals, the football played in public gardens and the football of the intrigues between sport and politics. Davide Rubini uses that lens perfectly to make the reader open the book, turn page after page, and close the novel with an inevitable yet surprising bitter smile. (Alessandro Perissinotto – Second Strega Prize 2013)

Il Fischio Finale will be presented to the 2016 edition of the Premio Strega (

Tell History is working together with author Davide Rubini to collect the stories of Italy in the aftermath of the “Bribesville” (Tangentopoli) scandals of the 1990s. Using the novel as a launching point to collect personal memories about this watershed period in Italian history, Tell History and Rubini are exploring the intersection of fact and fiction with this new project.

Get Involved

If you lived through this tumultuous period of Italian history, please sign up for an interview here. Consider the following questions to identify a topic:

· What were you doing between 1992 and 1994?
· Was it affected by the political and corruption scandals of that time?
· What was the significance for you of “Bribesville” (Tangentopoli)?
· What was your reaction to the collapse of the national political system?


· How did you dress in those years?
· What advertising will comes to mind?
· What song captured the times?
· What was your favorite sports team?

Please know that this list is by no means exhaustive, and what really matters is that your stories bring alive the world in which “Bribesville” took place: Italy in the early 1990s.

Once you think of a topic, schedule an interview, which we will conduct over Skype. We are happy to help you narrow down your idea before recording. We then tape you telling a short, 2-5 minute story in Italian or whatever language you feel most comfortable using. Afterwards we will create a story page with your video, send it to you for approval, and present it with other stories on our website.

We look forward to hearing your story!