Roberto  Massari
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Roberto Massari

Born in Rome in 1946, he attends the last year of High School in Denver (Colorado) with a scholarship of the American Field Service and the High School in Italy (at the Mamiani classic lyceum). In 1966 he spends a period in an israeli kibbutz and publishes his first sociological research on the kibbutzim theme. He also starts his political activity in the revolutionary left as a militant of the Fourth international.

In 1968 he graduates at Ismeo (Institute for Oriental studies) in Russian and India’s culture and language and is one of the animators of the students movement in Rome. He lives six months in Cuba (from July to December), guest of the Cuban government. He writes his first book on the History of Cuba (that will be published in 1987). Here starts his great friendship with Hilda Gadea (Peruvian, first wife of Che and Hildita’s mother).

Back to Italy he graduates in Philosophy at the University of Rome with a sociological thesis on Cuba (spokesman Franco Ferrarotti). In 1969-71 he works for two years as a sociologist in Naples – with Alessandro Pizzorno – with a scholarship of the Italian Cnr. in 1971-72 he gains a scholarship for the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris with Alain Touraine. He’s one of the founders of the Association des Amis de Fourier that currently has the office in Besançon.

In 1973 he gets the degree in Sociology at the University of Trento, with a thesis on The self-management’s theories (published as a book in 1974). In summer he spends a long period in Argentina, to study Peronism and visits Chile under Allende.

In 1973-75 he works two years in Paris, in the Faculty of Science of Jussieu, employed by the French Cnrs. He’s member of the editorial staff of the review Autogestion.

In 1974-75 he takes part in the Revolution of «Capitães» in Portugal and writes the book Problems of the Portuguese revolution (published in 1976).

He comes back from France to Italy and, after a year of work in the faculty of Sociology in Rome (with Franco Ferrarotti), he leaves the university career by his own choice. To survive he starts giving piano and solfeggio lessons in private and teaches music for two years (1981-83) at a secondary school. He will go on giving piano lessons until 1992.

In 1975-81 he founds and directs the Controcorrente publishing house.

In 1984, after five years of classes he graduates at the School of visual arts (the «S. Giacomo») of the Rome municipality. His paintings are present in some exhibitions (the love for painting goes on).

In 1987 he publishes his main book on Che: Che Guevara. Utopia’s thinking and policy (many editions in Italy and abroad). Other books and materials on Che (included a documentary movie) will follow. He translates into Italian many of the main works of Che and he’s generally considered one the main scholar on Che at international level. The activity of scientific disclosure on Guevara’s work brings him to travel a lot also in Latin America.

On the theme of Che he collaborates happily for some years with Cuba, providing advices to the Institute of book in Havana, taking part in scientific meetings and publishing co-editions with the Editora Política and others Cuban publishing houses.

In 1989 he founds a new publishing house (ex Erre emme, now Massari editore) and to this he dedicates his life. At the moment, in the catalogue there are 315 books.

In 1990 he graduates in piano at the Perugia’s Conservatory and writes a History of music in compendium. In 1996 he leaves Rome and move to the countryside, at Bolsena’s lake.

In 1998 he gives birth to the Che Guevara’s Foundation (of whom was and still is the President) and directs the biennial and multilingual review Che Guevara. Quaderni della Fondazione, whose editorial board is composed by some of the most important scholars of Che all over the world.

In 2003, after three years of courses at the national Association (Ais) he graduates as official «Sommelier».

That same year he founds the International political association «Red utopia» The books published by him, as an author, are 31 (including 3 novels and a collection of poems). The 32nd is dedicated to the demystification of Lenin as a revolutionary and as a consistent ideologist. The 33rd proves the theological falsehood about Jesus' family.

He keeps writing regularly texts for the blog www.utopiarossa.blogspot.com.

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