“Kill the Devil Twice: An Italian Memoir” is the sequel to Bernardi’s earlier novel, “The Reluctant Patriot: An Italian Tragedy”. Both novels are based on Bernardi’s research and interviews with many individuals, family members and neighbors who lived through the tumultuous rise of Mussolini, the Second World War and the aftermath.
“Kill the Devil Twice: An Italian Memoir” is a dynamic and haunting tale that chronicles the suffering, risks taken and courage exhibited by individuals living in the small Apennine town of Sasso as the Second World War was ending and during the “vendetta peace” that followed. A peace that brought reprisals and the vendetta to the area.
Through all the turmoil, two heart-rending love stories evolve as the lovers face exceptional challenges and unique obstacles to their relationships.