Valentino Parlato passed away last night, hit by a sudden illness. Our friend and closest comrade was a founder of the Manifesto Group and this newspaper along with Aldo Natoli, Lucio Magri, Luigi Pintor, Luciana Castellina, Eliseo Milani and yours truly.
He was director of the newspaper for several years. Mostly, he was a vigilant friend of the publication’s destiny, a savior in emergency situations, and of course, a long-time collaborator.
Valentino was born in Libya and, for him, joining Italian journalism was the same thing as joining the Italian Communist Party, until he was expelled, together with the entire Manifesto group, because we disagreed with the prevailing line during the ‘60s and ‘70s. He started working at Rinascita along with Luciano Barca and Eugenio Peggio, in what was perhaps the most interesting period of Communist economic and trade union policy, and the culmination of the controversy over the “white elephants,” but during the same years, he kept a close link with Federico Caffè and Claudio Napoleoni.