Italian Psycho

Author: De Rosa, Corrado

Publication Date:

April 2021



Original language and publisher

Italian | Minimum Fax

Territories Handled

Netherlands, Scandinavia


Essay, Psychology

Italian Psycho

Author: De Rosa, Corrado


So what’s at the root of criminal behavior? Are criminals bad or sick? An important contribution to the civil and democratic culture of this country. — Tuttolibri, La Stampa

Human events accompany us in this volume, not technicalities because De Rosa is a good, indeed excellent, writer. — Robinson, la Repubblica

Corrado De Rosa tells Ali Agca forty years after the attack on the pope.  — ReLE’ – la Repubblica e L’Espresso

A research that does not reassure, if anything disturbing. The only possible choice in a context dominated by a mediocrity that passes itself off as certainty. — Giancarlo De Cataldo, il Venerdì di Repubblica

Madness, power and crime: an excerpt from Corrado De Rosa’s book. — il Tascabile

Psychiatric illness as a political weapon: to liquidate uncomfortable voices (Pasolini, Moro in the prison of the BR) or, on the contrary, to ensure impunity for mass murderers and mafia members. — Michele Gravino, il Venerdì di Repubblica

Madness among  crimes, ideology and politics

Madness as an instrument of power, madness to hide, protect politicians or to obtain the benefits of justice. Madness to relegate the blackest pages of Italian history to the unpredictable gesture of a madman, or to label human behavior more or less “non-compliant”. Italian Psycho is the story of the subversive use of mental illness and diversity in recent history, and its protagonists are linked by having been victims or perpetrators of this exploitation. A journey along the borderline that separates madness from the conscious choice to kill, kidnap, plan massacres, which divides what society means by madness from what, from the point of view of psychiatry, is mental illness. It is the story of how the progress of science can be manipulated to make the perpetrators not responsible, of how apparently incomprehensible behaviors are “put in a file”  as the result of madness for a comfortable and socially reassuring reading.

Corrado De Rosa follows the most significant judicial cases – from Cesare Lombroso’s theories on anarchists to the accusations made against Pier Paolo Pasolini, from the appraisals carried out on the Brigate Rosse  to the diagnosis in absentia on Aldo Moro, from the monster of Circeo Angelo Izzo to the bomber of Pope Ali Agca, passing through Bernardo Provenzano and the dancer Pietro Valpreda – to reflect on the modern acquisitions of psychology and criminology. Through the rereading of unpublished documentation he investigates the controversial relationships between psychiatry, politics and power, exposing Italy’s guilty conscience with the voices of the protagonists.