The torpedoing and sinking in June 1940 while on its way to Canada of the Arandora Star, a ship full of Italian and German citizens condemned to expulsion after Mussolini declared war on the UK, is the core of Caterina Soffici’s novel Nessuno può fermarmi (Nobody can stop me). Suspended between past and present, a tragedy turned into a folk narration of lives interrupted – among the deaths, 446 Italian civilians who had been put on board because the UK authorities considered them to be dangerous. A novel on the sense of memory, either individual or historic, that reminds us that the first victim of every war is innocence.