Silvio Berlusconi’s own publishing firm releases book celebrating PM as ’Superman’

Silvio Berlusconi’s own publishing firm releases book celebrating PM as ’Superman’
# 17 March 2010 21:28 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Emotional messages likening Silvio Berlusconi to Superman after his show of strength when he was attacked in Milan last year have been compiled in a new book published by a firm owned by the Italian prime minister, APA reports quoting web-page.
Mr Berlusconi’s publishing company Mondadori has released the book, called "Love always wins over envy and hatred", ahead of important regional elections at the end of this month.
Bearing a cover photograph of Mr Berlusconi looking younger than his 73 years, it contains some of the 50,000 messages he received from Italians after a man with a history of mental illness hurled a souvenir statuette at his face in Milan in December, breaking his nose and smashing two teeth.
"Even with kryptonite they couldn’t knock you down!" wrote one supporter – perhaps an allusion to the fact that Mr Berlusconi has previously described himself as Superman.
Well-wishers described as "abominable" the attack by Massimo Tartaglia, 42, an electronics engineer who will go on trial in the next few weeks on assault charges.
"We are all with you, great Silvio. You are the engine of our country," a woman identified as Eleonora gushed, while another fan urged the prime minister to clone himself.
"On seeing you covered in blood, my wife grabbed her hair and sobbed as she yelled ’My Madonna, save Silvio!’" one man wrote.
The book, which is on sale for 15 euros (£13.60), was mocked as "The little white book of Silvio Ceausescu" by the left-leaning Repubblica newspaper in a front page editorial.
The paper likened it to Colonel Gaddafi’s Green Book of political philosophy and said it was reminiscent of the sort of hagiographies issued by dictators in Eastern Europe and South America.