In Metabolizing Fascism - Santomassimo discusses Luca La Rovere’s book The Inheritance of Fascism. The A. reconstructs the ample discussions that developed in the immediate postwar period in cultural circles - and among the young - about the responsibilities, consensus and legacies of the regime in the history of the Republic, that refute the widespread image of Italians as opportunistic "turncoats" in the postwar years. What emerges from the study are the limits of the debate on the "metabolization" of Italian fascism in the subsequent period, particularly since the 1960s, in contrast to that in Germany about the responsibilities and collective guilt of the Nazi experience.
Key words: Italy, Fascism, Post-fascism, transition, intellectuals.
Parole chiave: Italia, fascismo, post-fascismo, transizione, intellettuali.