By Lucio Zago
This is a historical graphic novel based on my father’s accounts of growing up in Fascist Italy, his involvement in the Abyssinian Colonial War, and World War II.
Since I was a kid I have
wanted to tell my father’s story about his upbringing in Fascist Italy, his experience as an officer
in Mussolini’s army during the Abyssinian Colonial War and
World War II, his arrest and deportation by the Nazis to a
forced labor camp and the long journey home across a ravaged Europe. I only got to hear the
full story later in life, before he
passed away in 1988.
I moved to New York City in 1991, where I have been working as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Since then I have had the time to reflect and explore different ways
to tell my father’s story. I have chosen a graphic novel for this personal project.
Here is a sample of the novel
with more to come.