Attilio Deffenu

Attilio Deffenu

Attilio Deffenu is a Sardinian emblematic civic and, later, military figure between the 19th and the 20th century: he was not only a prominent intellectual and politician in the complex social, economic and cultural context of the island between the nineteenth and the twentieth century, but he was also a hero of the Great War who died at the Piave River front in the ranks of the "Sassari" Brigade. The heroism of his young sacrifice for his homeland and his socialist ideals made him go down in national history. His political ideas, in particular, still emerge from his private correspondence (such as the letters that he addressed to the writer from Nuoro, Francesco Cucca, who lived in Northern Africa), and his numerous journalistic articles, which have recently been collected in a volume and distributed to Nuoro’s school in 2008.

During Fascism, a solemn commemorative plaque was affixed on his native house in Corso Garibaldi in Nuoro (between the houses of the painter Antonio Ballero and the poet Sebastiano Satta): this memento was designed and embellished with a commemorative bust, next to the Victory, made by the sculptor Francesco Ciusa, who also made a death Mask (Maschera), an expressive face-portrait, to pay tribute to the heroic citizen and martyr of the first World War.

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