Antonio Gramsci: The mouse and the mountain (a tale about determination)

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On June 1, 1931 Antonio Gramsci, from prison, wrote a letter to his family containing the tale Il topo e la montagna; and it goes something like this…

The mouse and the mountain
by
Antonio Gramsci

In a house in the country, on a lovely island called Sardinia, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea a child is sleeping soundly in his bed.
His name is Antonio and he is not well!

On the table in the kitchen in the house in the country on the lovely island called Sardinia sits a tumbler of milk waiting for the child to wake up.

In a hole in the wall in the dark kitchen in the house in the country on the lovely island called Sardinia, a tiny Mouse is crouched, waiting for dawn.

When the first rays of light filter through the dusty glass, which keeps the island winds from…

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