Peter Popham's obituary of Oriana Fallaci [19 September] was concise and covered the main points of her literary career, but I feel that a mention should have also been made of her startlingly prophetic book Se il sole muore (1965; If the Sun Dies, 1966), in which she interviewed America's astronauts before they embarked on their space missions, writes Michael S. Fishberg.
It was an elegy to her father, and included an interview with another "prophet", Ray Bradbury. I bought the book in Italy while holidaying with my parents, and I self-taught myself Italian because of it. I subsequently sought out all her written work. Her striking and raging style literally jumped out of the pages.Reuse content