Between Two States

Developed from the biography of Antonio Pacitti, ‘Between two States’ describes a family forced live between two countries, and their prevailing instinct to thrive despite the hardship of separation and migration.

This novel by Diane Pacitti draws from the factual history of three generations of the Pacitti family uprooted by the political unrest of the 1920s. Forced to flee a parochial pro-fascist community, Vincenzo finds his family split between the industrial city of Glasgow and the small, rural Italian townships of Cassino and Cerasuolo in Central Italy.

Vincenzo’s son, Antonio grows from child to man in the dark, over-populated city, whilst in the care of her aunt and uncle, his daughter Gabriella enjoys a secure youth and finds love.

Their stability is again contorted by the increasing power of the fascist movement and the outbreak of war; while Gabriella’s life turns to hardship, Antonio finds himself returned to the very town of his birth, as a British soldier.

Between Two States will be published in 2018 by Cultural Documents and Cosmo Iannone.

Connected Images

Cassino 19th Century © unknown

Cassino 19th Century © unknown

Antonio Pacitti senior, Camelon, Scotland, circa 1890 © Diane Pacitti

Antonio Pacitti senior, Camelon, Scotland, circa 1890 © Diane Pacitti

Round Toll, Garscube Road, Glasgow circa 1930 © unknown

Round Toll, Garscube Road, Glasgow circa 1930 © unknown

Cerasuolo, pre 1963 © unknown

Cerasuolo, pre 1963 © unknown

Italian family circa 1940 © unknown

Italian family circa 1940 © unknown

Leni and Antonio Pacitti, Glasgow circa 1930 © Diane Pacitti

Leni and Antonio Pacitti, Glasgow circa 1930 © Diane Pacitti

Allied bombing of Cassino, 1944 © unknown

Allied bombing of Cassino, 1944 © unknown

Gravestone of Antonio Pacitti, Cimitero di Cerasuolo, Filignano circa 1990 © Diane Pacitti

Gravestone of Antonio Pacitti, Cimitero di Cerasuolo, Filignano circa 1990 © Diane Pacitti

Antonio Pacitti and fellow soldiers of the Highland Light Infantry circa 1940 © Diane Pacitti

Antonio Pacitti and fellow soldiers of the Highland Light Infantry circa 1940 © Diane Pacitti