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Margherita Sarfatti

(1880—1961)


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(1880–1961). Famous as Mussolini's mistress and biographer, Sarfatti was from a wealthy Northern Italian Jewish family, and a feminist and Socialist in pre-Fascist days, who became art critic for Avanti!, and a supporter of the 900 (Novecento) group. She edited Mussolini's magazine Gerarchia (1924–34), and helped write articles for American journals published under Mussolini's name. Her biography of him—the first ‘official’ one—appeared in English in 1925 and then was widely read in the modified Italian version, Dux, of 1926. Their affair lasted into the 1930s. She later fled to Argentina in the wake of the race laws. She published her memoirs as Acqua passata (1955).

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