An erotic novel written by Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, was
discovered in a former brothel in Rome.
The book was found by workmen demolishing a house that was once Mussolini’s favourite brothel, La Farfalla.
Mussolini was called Il Duce to his face but Il Piccolino behind his back, especially by his many lovers, some of whom were women. In the room where the book was found someone had written on the wall: “Il Duce del Piccolino” which is probably some sort of Italian in-joke bandied about by le signore della note.
The book is called “E Avanti, Mia Virilità”. It chronicles the rise of a young peasant boy from his humble origins to country leader by sleeping with the wives and mistresses of the rich and powerful.
The book was written for, and thinly references, Mussolini’s friend, Adolf Hitler, who was as unsuccessful with women as he was at world domination.
Hitler never even had sex with his mistress, Eva Braun, who suffered from Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome which is no easier to pronounce in German than it is in English. This was probably a relief as he did not have to demonstrate his lack of prowess.
An excerpt from the book reads (under translation):
“He felt the strain in his lederhosen as Dame P pressed her voluptuous bosoms into his thin peasant shirt. Her knowledgeable hands found the source of his tightness and worked through the leather to relieve the pressure of his pent up desire. His throbbing fingers clutched the fastenings on the back of her dress and, as she bent forward, he felt her tongue where he had never felt a tongue before.”
The book was sent to the National Library of Rome for examination and pronounced genuine.
It is numbered 23 and is the only known copy in existence, from a private printing believed to number 100. The fate of the other 99 is unknown but they are believed to have been willing thrown on the fire during one of Hitler’s ceremonial book burnings.
A spokesperson for the Library said: “It’s absolute drivel, even by Seven Shades standards.”
The Library has valued it at €9.95 to collectors of erotica or €50,000 to members of the underground Natzi party.
There are no immediate plans to republish the book. It is currently being stored in a secure location where no one can get their hands – or anything else – on it.