Oriana Fallaci  

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"Please, ‘mam, there are many things I still want to ask you. For example, this chador that they made me put on, to come to you, and which you insist all women must wear. Tell me, why do you force them to hide themselves, all bundled up under these uncomfortable and absurd garments, making it hard to work and move about?"--Oriana Fallaci, An Interview With KHOMEINI - The New York Times, Oct 7, 1979[1]

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Oriana Fallaci (29 June 1929 - 15 September 2006) was an Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer. A former partisan during World War II, she had a long and successful journalistic career.

She interviewed many internationally known leaders and celebrities such as the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, the Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, Willy Brandt, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Walter Cronkite, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Federico Fellini, Sammy Davis Jr, Nguyen Cao Ky, Yasir Arafat, Indira Gandhi, Alexandros Panagoulis, Archbishop Makarios III, Golda Meir, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Haile Selassie, Sean Connery and Lech Walesa.

After retirement, she returned to the spotlight after writing a series of articles and books critical of Islam and Arabs that aroused both support as well as controversies and accusations of racism and intolerance.

After 9/11

After September 11, 2001, Fallaci wrote three books critical of Islamic extremists and Islam in general, and in both writing and interviews warned that Europe was "too tolerant of Muslims." The first book was The Rage and the Pride (initially a four-page article in Corriere della Sera, the major national newspaper in Italy). She wrote that "sons of Allah breed like rats" and in a Wall Street Journal interview in 2005, said that Europe was no longer Europe but "Eurabia". The Rage and the Pride and The Force of Reason both became bestsellers.

There was also Oriana Fallaci intervista sé stessa - L'Apocalisse .


  • I sette peccati di Hollywood, (The Seven Sins of Hollywood preface by Orson Welles), Longanesi (Milan), 1958.
  • Il sesso inutile, viaggio intorno alla donna (The Useless Sex: Voyage around the Woman) Rizzoli, Milan, 1961 (Horizon Press, New York City, 1961).
  • Penelope alla guerra (Penelope at War) Rizzoli, Milan, 1962.
  • Gli antipatici (Limelighters) Rizzoli, Milan, 1963.
  • Se il Sole muore (If the Sun Dies), about the US space program, Rizzoli, Milan, 1966.
  • The Egotists: Sixteen Surprising Interviews Regnery (Chicago), 1968.
  • Niente, e cosí sia (Nothing, and so be it), report on the Vietnam War based on personal experiences. Rizzoli, Milan, 1969
  • Quel giorno sulla Luna Rizzoli, Milan, 1970.
  • Lettera a un bambino mai nato (Letter to a Child Never Born), a dialogue between a mother and her eventually miscarried child. Rizzoli, Milan, 1975.
  • Ittra lil Tarbija li Qatt Ma Twieldet / Lettera a un Bambino Mai Nato, Faraxa Publishing, Malta, 2014.
  • Intervista con la storia (Interview with History, Liveright), a collection of interviews with various political figures Rizzoli, Milan, 1976.
  • Un uomo (A Man), The story of Alexandros Panagoulis, a Greek revolutionary. A novel about a hero who fights alone and to the death for freedom and for truth. Rizzoli, Milan, 1979. Template:ISBN
  • Insciallah (Inshallah), a fictional account of Italian troops stationed in Lebanon in 1983. Rizzoli, Milan, 1990.
  • La Rabbia e l'Orgoglio (The Rage and the Pride), an exposé on Islam. Rizzoli, December 2001. Template:ISBN.
  • La Forza della Ragione (The Force of Reason). Rizzoli, April 2004. Template:ISBN
  • Oriana Fallaci intervista Oriana Fallaci, Fallaci interviews herself on the subject of "Eurabia" and "Islamofascism". (Milan: Corriere della Sera, August 2004).
  • Oriana Fallaci intervista sé stessa – L'Apocalisse (in Italian). An update of the interview with herself. A new, long epilogue is added. Publisher: Rizzoli, November 2004.
  • Un cappello pieno di ciliegie, Rizzoli, 2008. A novel about her ancestors, published two years after her death. Fallaci worked on it for ten years, until the September 11 attacks and her books inspired by them.

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