In Italia Sono Tutti Maschi

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In Italia Sono Tutti Maschi
In Italia Sono Tutti Maschi 2008 edition.jpg
2008 edition
CreatorLuca de Santis
Page count173 pages
PublisherKappa Edizioni

In Italia Sono Tutti Maschi (lit. In Italy All Are Males) is a 2008 graphic novel written by Luca de Santis, illustrated by Sara Colaone and published by Kappa Edizioni. The novel tells the story of gay people exiled under the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini.[1][2]

In 2009, the novel won the Attilio Micheluzzi Prize at Naples Comicon for "Best comic of the year."[3] The novel has been translated into a number of European languages: the French, Belgian and Canadian French under the title En Italie il n'y a que vrais hommes, published by Dargaud, for the German market under the title Insel der Männer Schreiber und Leser Ed, for the Polish market under the title We Włoszech wszyscy SA mężczyznami Centrala Editions and for the Spanish market with the title En Italia son todos machos, Norma Editorial.


It tells of the confinement of homosexuals during fascist Italy and more precisely the last year of exile (1939–1940) of a group of men to San Domino in the Isole Tremiti archipelago. The story of the protagonist Antonio "Ninella" Angelicola during his confinement is intertwined in a second-floor time set in the late 80s with that of the young documentary filmmaker Rocco. The events recounted in the book and the characters are drawn from true stories and real people. In particular, the story is based on that of Joseph B.,[4] ("Peppinella"), who was also interviewed by his real name in Gabriella Romano's docu-drama, Ricordare.


  1. ^ Johnston, Alan (13 June 2013). "A gay island community created by Italy's Fascists". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  2. ^ Adnum, Mark (16 August 2013). "The Fascinating Tale of Fascist Italy's All-Gay Island Paradise". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Un fumetto sugli omosessuali durante il fascismo: ce ne parla l'autore Luca De Santis" (in Italian). 2009-05-07. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. ^ "in fumo recensioni: In Italia sono tutti maschi" (in Italian). 2009-02-17. Retrieved 27 August 2013.