Martini, Virgilio

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(1903-1986) Italian author whose sf novel, Il monde senza donne: Romanzo (1936 as by Virgilio Letrusco; trans Emile Capouya as The World Without Women 1971), enjoyed (at least in hindsight) the honour of being banned by Mussolini. The tale depicts the experiences of the last woman on earth (see Feminism; Gender; Women in SF), after a homosexual plot to free the world of women almost succeeds; her understanding of what has happened, and of the sexual expectations (see Sex) of the male population, are couched in Satirical terms. On its English republication in 1954, the author was tried for blasphemy. His second sf novel, L'allegra terza guerra mondiale ["The Cheerful Third World War"] (1977), remains untranslated. [JC]

Virgilio Martini

born Fiesole, Florence, Italy: 3 May 1903

died Prato, Italy: 1986

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