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Read By: Jonathan Oliver Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 17.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 13.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9780062956149

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64:31 minutes

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04 seconds

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13:10 minutes

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The massive international bestseller—an epic historical novel that chronicles the birth and rise of fascism in Italy, witnessed through the eyes of its founder, the terrifyingly charismatic figure who would become one of the most notorious dictators of the twentieth century, Benito Mussolini.

It is 1919, and the Great War that has ravaged Europe is over. In Italy, the people are exhausted. Tired of the political class. Tired of vague promises, inept moderates, and the agonizing machinations of a democracy that has failed ordinary citizens.

While elite leaders have sat idly by, achieving nothing, one outsider—the director of a small opposition newspaper and a tireless political agitator—is electrifying the masses, promising hope for a demoralized nation hungry for change.

A former socialist leader ousted by his own party, he is a drifter who knows what it is to feel lost. His voice speaks for the misfits and the outcasts; he is a protector of those who are forgotten. 

He is Benito Mussolini. And soon Italy—and the world—will be forever remade. 

In M: Son of the Century, Antonio Scurati tells the story of fascism from within the mind of its founder, the man known to his followers as Il Duce. Steeped in historical detail and interspersed with period documents and sources, this masterful saga explores the seductive power of nationalism and idolatry, revealing how authoritarianism took hold and a nation bent to the will of one ruthless strongman. Provocative and resonant, is a chilling reminder that the past is never gone, and that it holds urgent lessons for us today. 

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About Antonio Scurati

Antonio Scurati is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Creative writing at the IULM University in Milan and a columnist for Corriere della Sera. He is the author of various novels which have won an array of literary prizes in Italy.

About Jonathan Oliver

Jonathan Oliver has preformed in theaters across England, including War and Peace at the Royal National Theatre, The Homecoming at Leicester Haymarket, and the role of Antony in Antony and Cleopatra at the Bridwell. His television credits include Eskimo DayHouse of Eliott, and Hannay, and he is active in voice-over and radio.