Norman Nawrocki

Norman Nawrocki

Norman Nawrocki is the author of several books of poetry and short stories. He’s also an internationally acclaimed cabaret artist, sex educator, actor, and musician, and has released over 50 albums. He teaches at Concordia University, about how to use the arts for community organizing and radical social change, gives workshops about “creative resistance,” and tours the world performing theatre, music, and cabaret. Cazzarola! is his first novel. He has written and performed a theatre piece based on the book and released an album-length soundtrack to accompany it.

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Cazzarola!: Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy (A Novel)

Cazzarola!: Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy (A Novel)

SKU: 9781604863154
Author: Norman Nawrocki
Publisher: PM Press
ISBN: 9781604863154
Published: 9/2013
Format: Paperback
Size: 8 x 5
Page count: 300
Subjects: Fiction/History-Romani


“Might just be one of my favourite books of all time. I have never read a more delicate portrayal of a Romani woman in my life…I highly recommend to Roma and non-Roma alike. With the rise of neo-Nazi and neofascist groups throughout Europe, this book is definitely timely and a must read. It’s a history lesson and a lesson about racism, love, and fighting for what you believe in at all cost.”
—Qristina Zavacková Cummings, Romani journalist/activist

“In Romani culture, when enjoying music we don’t say, ‘Did you hear that?’ We say, ‘Did you feel that?’ I didn’t just read Cazzarola! I felt it. As a Romani woman who has lived in Italy, this very relatable novel often echoed the pages of my own life. Bravo, Ta Aves Baxtalo!”
—Julia Lovell, Romani activist and filmmaker

Cazzarola! is a powerful, blunt, epic scream against social injustice.”
—David Lester, author of The Listener

“A brilliant title for a brilliant story of love and rage, which the author shares with his characters in every page. Cazzarola! reads like a film, a sort of Bertolucci’s Novecento recast in contemporary Italy. Nawrocki skillfully manages to interweave scenes of everyday Italian life and fine psychological analysis in a grandiose historical fresco.”
—Davide Turcato, historian of Italian anarchism, editor of The Complete Works of Errico Malatesta

“A stunning achievement!”
—Ron Sakolsky, author of Swift Winds

Cazzarola! CD: Musical Soundtrack for the novel of the same name

Cazzarola!: Anarchy, Romani, Love, Italy (A Novel)

SKU: CazzarolaCD


The 55 minutes of music on CAZZAROLA! (cd 1) ranges from traditional Italian folk to original contemporary Italian-themed compositions that are folkloric, ambient, electro-acoustic and somewhat ‘indie’ and ‘world beat.’ Waltzes, folk dances, love ballads, prisoner songs and soundscapes are arranged chronologically following the story in the book, spanning 130 years of Italian history (1880 to today).

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Norman on Riverside TV

A 2009 Montreal documentary interview (in French and English) with Norman Nawrocki about his novel, Cazzarola!, and the stage dramatization he wrote inspired by the book.
This was his first performance of the piece at the 2009 Montreal International Anarchist Theatre Festival.

In the interview, he explains why he wrote the book.