Bryan Murphy is a man of Kent, though he comes from a long line of Irish peasants. He has worked as a fruit-picker, kitchen hand, road-sweeper, bar-tender, wages clerk, teacher of English as a foreign language, translator and copy-editor. He recently retired from a job within the United Nations system, and now concentrates on his own words, as a writer and an actor. He divides his time among England, Italy, the wider world and cyberspace.
on July 23, 2013 :
"Breakaway" is a good, short taster for Murphy's other "dark future" writings. You don't need to know about Italian politics to understand that a state based on racism and xenophobia is going to be a disaster. Murphy's hypothetical "Padania", a breakaway state located in today's northern Italy, is precisely that. As it descends into deadly chaos, the narrator, a foreigner caught up in the maelstrom, accepts help from the Calabrian mafia to get the children of his best friends out and away to safety. Fortunately, the racists are on the decline in Italy at the moment, but they are on the rise in Greece and Eastern Europe, so a situation like the one shown here could be coming to a country near you.
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