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Oriana Fallaci and the hero who destroyed her peace

At the School of Social Communication of the Central University of Venezuela we were always told about the great journalistic references: Truman Capote, Kapuściński, John Reed, Jon Lee Anderson, Gabriel García Márquez.

As you can see, there were not many female figures. In fact, there were few. One of them was so great that they couldn't have hidden it even if they wanted to.

I am referring to Oriana Fallaci, “the insolent reporter” who revolutionized the way we work and invited us to “place ourselves in front of power, never at its side.”

I read many things about Oriana, starting, of course, with the famous 'Interview with History', a testimony of almost 30 political figures from contemporary history.

This week I remembered her because I saw that Paramount will make a series titled 'Miss Fallaci' to tell about her younger years, that is, before becoming one of the most recognized writers in the world.

Oriana was the daughter of a bricklayer and a housewife turned into a servant by her mother-in-law. He, an active anti-fascist partisan, who denounced the injustices of the world but did not transform those of his own home, defined his political vision of the world.

In fact, when Oriana was just 13 years old he joined her in the underground resistance movement to confront the Nazi occupation. The girl's mission was to transport ammunition, correspondence and clandestine press aboard her small bicycle.

Her mother, on the other hand, encouraged her to be consistent in school so that she would not have to suffer the same domestic hell that she experienced. Her daughter paid attention to her and she began to study medicine, a career she abandoned to dedicate herself to what she was truly passionate about: journalism.

She began working for the Mattino dell'Italia centrale, but was fired when she refused to write a profile of the general secretary of the Italian Communist Party, Palmiro Togliatti.

So, she went to the US, where she was forced to write about celebrities. But her mind was so politicized and her pen was so good that that experience became her first book: 'The Seven Deadly Sins of Hollywood', which had a foreword by Orson Welles.

This book was followed by eleven more. In total, it sold twenty million copies worldwide.

However, this column aims to talk about the Oriana who survived and wrote about the conflicts in Vietnam, India, Pakistan, the Middle East and Latin America, where she was even shot three times by the Mexican army during the Tlatelolco massacre, but… fell surrendered before “the love".

Oriana fell in love several times. First, from Alfredo Pierotti, a journalist who was very married.

Later, she had a clandestine relationship with an astronaut. 

Then, she met the correspondent, Francois Pelou, married with children, even so, they had an intense love affair, until she got tired and left him... but not before sending his wife all the letters he wrote to her during ten years of their relationship. .

In those years and from those relationships, Oriana became pregnant several times, but she always lost the babies naturally.

One day, while he was enjoying the peak of success thanks to his book 'Nothing and So Be It', a kind of report/diary about the Vietnam War, a country to which he traveled twelve times in seven years to document what was happening, he met “love of their life".

It was the martyr of the Greek resistance, Alexandros Panagoulis, better known as 'Alekos', who was imprisoned for his frustrated attempt to assassinate the dictator Georgios Papadopoulos.

Their paths joined in mid-1973 when the restoration of democracy in Greece granted him an amnesty. So, she traveled to Athens to interview him and learn all the ways in which he was cruelly tortured into madness.

Alekos and Oriana during the interview, Athens 1973.

At the meeting, he told her how he survived for 5 years in a tiny cell in which he could not even walk more than five steps and where he never had contact with anyone.

From the first minute, Oriana, who was ten years older than Alekos, felt lost in love. Apparently the same thing happened to him. After saying goodbye to her, she sent him a letter:

“When, like you, we have learned to measure time without time, 24 hours may be enough to understand and one hour may be enough to shake hands without suspicion of mockery.”. I am a woman who works and has a very hard life. I can't always do what I want, go where I want. There is always a wind that drags me from the place where I like to be, like certain birds forced to constantly migrate, but, if you allow me, if you want, I promise to divert the wind in your direction..

In this way, a relationship began that Oriana later described as “a river of anguish, dangers, madness and neuroses.”  

Because of Alakos, Oriana stopped traveling and covering important events.

She abandoned her dreams to realize his, including learning the fate of her missing brother and seeking justice for what happened during the Greek dictatorship.

For four years, Oriana lived a submissive relationship, in which she cared for and supported an unstable Alekos, forgave him for his “mood swings,” encouraged him to write, and allowed his episodes of infidelity, alcoholism, and physical violence.

The worst episode was when Alekos hit her in the belly without knowing that she was pregnant, which caused her to suffer another miscarriage. From these experiences, the heartbreaking book 'Letter to a Child Who Was Never Born' was born.

After that, Oriana tried to walk away to regain calm. She never made it.

He remained at Alekos' side until May 1, 1976, when a strange car accident ended his life.

Oriana always maintained that it was a state crime because he was about to make public the secret papers of the Greek military police.

Three years later, she published 'A Man', a book where she tells of her relationship with the person who had introduced her to heaven and hell on earth:

“I loved him to the extent that I could not bear the thought of hurting him even if he hurt me, of betraying him even if he betrayed me; and by loving him he loved his defects, his errors, his lies, his ugliness and misery, his vulgarities and contradictions."

It sounds beautiful, right? But is not.

Oriana escaped her mother's fate of domestic slavery, but still fell at the side of a martyr who was too broken to become a hero.

By: Jessica dos santos

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