Fontamara is one of the Italian classics of the twentieth century. It was written in and Its author, Ignazio Silone, was a controversial figure throughout his life. His real name was not Ignazio Silone–he was born Secondino Tranquilli. Pescina was not Fontamara and Silone was not a poor peasant. His father owned a. Silone produced his first novel, Fontamara, which was published in Z├╝rich (; Eng. trans., ). It is a realistic and compassionate story of the exploitation of.

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The cafoni also dislike the townsmen and Marietta says “Educated people are pedantic and get very angry about words. The Fontamaresi don’t know about the new Fascist regime fontamarw mistake the blackshirts for their dead. The other was Romulo Tranquilli, his younger brother and the only surviving member of his family. It did not appear in Italian untilapart from a limited edition published by exiles in Paris inand a British government edition with numerous errors issued to Italian prisoners of war in Some of his articles degenerated into superficial moralising.

He was invited fontamaga Rome and appointed secretary of the Socialist Youth Federation, editing its weekly paper L’Avanguardia. Silone became responsible for the internal Centre. They say of him In the end we all love Berardo. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the Left Opposition and Trotsky personally to win Silone, he did not respond.


None of the books he wrote in the post-war period remotely approached the quality of Fontamara or Bread and Wine.

L’Unita was the name of the paper founded by Gramsci in and suppressed by Mussolini in While “Bread and Wine” remains this Italian anti-totalitarian novelist-politician’s most famous book, there’s a reason this semi-prequel is still taught in seminars and enjoyed by those who value literature engaged with social struggle and emerging from the classes dilone strive to combine equality with liberty. So it was that the self sacrifice of Berardo, the hero of Fontamarawas born.

Prince Torlonia features highly on the cafoni’s view of the hierarchyexplained by Michele: Or in the Fascist Grand Council? Years later, when he came to revise the book–Silone revised nearly everything he wrote–he described his state of si,one The story itself is a good read, told with humour and suspense.

The Modern Language Review. But it was not simply an anti-fascist book: Then he experienced the disillusion of the s as fascism and Stalinism reigned triumphant.

Inas political agitation against the government and the war grew rapidly, Silone became regional secretary for the rural workers of the Abruzzi.


Xavier MedinaGemma Colesanti Limited preview – Thus it was that the ‘untranslatable’ appeared first in translation–a translation undertaken without payment by a woman who had never translated a book before. The Fontamaresi are initially reluctant but they do sign the blank pieces of paper he gives them.

Fontamara is a book forged out of struggle; it is also the personal testament of a revolutionary in exile, prepared to sacrifice everything, believing himself near death. The Fucino basin was subject to a colonial regime.


Books by Ignazio Silone (Author of Fontamara)

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Berardo is the spokesman of the people. The pretext was a document by Trotsky attacking the disastrous policies of the Comintern in China, where collaboration with the nationalists had led directly to the massacre of tens of thousands of workers in Shanghai and Wuhan.

In the PSI split between left and right: He is always badly treated by the Fontamaresi who cannot pay the taxes and is almost always in the company of the rich and powerful, so much so that he is reduced to a servant by the Impresario’s wife.

Get to Know Us. The narrator does not hear everything that is said because he falls asleep.

Finally there was his decision to delete all mention of the word unity. The PCI was driven completely underground and into exile.

Linguistically the Paratactic construction prevails with simple and colloquial language which reflects the ignorance of the cafoniwhereas the more educated, richer characters express themselves in a much more refined manner, using quotations fpntamara Latin vocabulary.