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El corazón empurpurado – Christian Ferrer

Contributed by Carolina Giovagnoli on Sep 24th, 2017. Artwork published in
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    El corazón empurpurado by Christian Ferrer tells the life stories of Susana Valle and Scarfó America.

    The names of America Scarfó and Susana Valle may not mean much to the people of today, but in their day were synonyms of filial love and romantic love. America Scarfó was 17 years old when she said goodbye to her boyfriend and her brother — the anarchists Severino Di Giovanni and Paulino Scarfó. Hours later, in 1931, both were shot in the National Penitentiary. Susana Valle was 19 when her father, General Juan Jose Valle, had to say goodbye to her, for an hour after her last embrace in 1956, he was executed in a public ceremony. These events took place at the intersection of Coronel Díaz and Las Heras avenues, where there is now a park, but in former times the walls of the largest prison in Buenos Aires were built. For years and years — on each anniversary — Susana Valle went to that corner to leave a bouquet of flowers for her father, and almost never could do so. The police, again and again, prevented it. Only at the end of her life she prevailed. América Scarfó spent a couple of months in prison and then was mostly put to silence. But in 1999, at the age of 86, she demanded that the Argentine State returned the fifty love letters that her boyfriend had with him when he was shot and that were still in the hands of the Federal Police. They were returned to her in Casa Rosada, in the presence of photographers and journalists. When the Minister of the Interior, Corlos Corach, handed them over, saying “the State returns the letters that Severino Di Giovanni wrote to her,” she replied: “The State does not return anything to me, those letters were always mine.”

    Ediciones Urania made a limited edition of 100 copies of this magnificent text for the collection of Teatrito Rioplatense de Entidades. The edition by Gustavo Ibarra and Ral Veroni was composed in Cira Serif HT. It measures 16×24 cm and consists of 36 pages.

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