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His real name was not Ignazio Silone – he was born Secondino Tranquilli. Pescina was not Fontamara and Silone was not a poor peasant. Ignazio Silone,. FONTAMARA. Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., Milano. INDICE. Cenni biografici su Ignazio Silone. Cenni critici. La fortuna di. Fontamara is one of the Italian classics of the twentieth century. It was written Its author, Ignazio Silone, was a controversial figure throughout his life. He was a .

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Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

He saw the rebellion against the system and the birth of a new left as hopeful signs: Show your appreciation of the honor that the authorities have done you in sending an official here to discover your wishes At the beginning of the story The famous story of the donkey and the priest was the most disgraceful hoax of all of the many that have been played on the Fontamaresi.

The three narrators go to visit the wife’s family in San Giuseppe to celebrate the son’s release and distribute papers there. He saw clearly, and much earlier than most, the consequences of the degeneration of the revolution. But in reality it was a mirage. None of the books he wrote in the post-war period remotely approached the quality of Fontamara or Bread and Wine.

Her prayers are granted and she dies in bed from a high fever. But it was the first book which showed what fascism was really like, told in the language of the wretched of the earth, the cafoni of Italy.

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None of them have ever touched the soil, even for pleasure, but their holdings have extended into a lucrative realm of many tens of thousands of acresand In return for Torlogne’s political support of the weak Piedmontese dynasty On a number of occasions, we were told, so-called Fascists had beaten up, injured and sometimes killed persons who had done nothing wrong in the eyes of the law, merely because they were a nuisance to the Impresario, and that too might be natural enough.

One chapter, dealing with the Hero of Porta Piawas cut out completely, making for a neater book but depriving the reader of a masterly explanation of how people are drawn into fascist movements.

Retrieved 10 May How can a peasant expect justice? First he was inspired and steeled by the hopes of a new silonee which followed the Great War and the Russian Revolution.

And despite his success with Fontamaraand his second novel, Bread and Winepublished inhe was not popular with the authorities. Account Options Sign in. But if a government consists of a sipone thief instead of five hundred it’s better for the cafoniof course, because the appetite of a big thief, however big it may be, will always be less than that of five hundred small and hungry thieves. When the Fontamaresi go to Avezzano, they are told to bring a pennant.

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One incident summed up the situation: Over the next three years, as the revolutionary wave swept across Europe, Silone identified firmly with the militant left of the socialist movement, centred on the factory councils of Turin. I couldn’t help constantly comparing their inappropriate understandings and judgments in their Italy of the s and the understanding, judgments and choices of the peasants of Haiti whom I’ve watched since the early s.


First he was inspired and steeled by the hopes of a new world which followed the Great War and the Russian Revolution. By he was living in luxury, enjoying the hospitality of a Swiss banker who had befriended him. Romolo died in prison in as a result of the severe beatings he received.

Maybe the murder of his brother by the police made him recant. Pelino lies to them, saying “There are new authorities in office now, who hold the peasants in high esteem and wish to give consideration to their views. When Fontamara was written, l’Unita was a word which symbolised resistance. He first appears in the first chapter, as they say he used to hand out the warnings that the electricity would be cut off.

Of all the great political novels Fontamara is without doubt one of the most influential.

Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

ignazil But they had done it in the name of the law and in the presence of an inspector of police, and that was incomprehensible But there was an Italian townsman who came to see us on Sundays But Silone himself had no doubts. Then come the cafoni.

The Fucino is an extremely fertile area of land of 35 acres and is owned by the so-called princely family of Torlonia. Then, nothing at all.