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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Inas political agitation against the government and the war grew rapidly, Silone became regional secretary for the rural workers of the Abruzzi. Give them drink, give them plenty to drink, and they won’t be offended.

Her husband was a war hero and in addition to a pension he had left her a silver medal, but probably not the three or four pregnancies [12] p. The Fucino basin was subject to a colonial regime. His grouping had some apparent support: But we don’t learn the outcome, yet we can know it surely must have been very bad. The Impresario is a stark contrast to the Fontamaresiwho have laboured for centuries to little avail, as he quickly became the richest man in the region and embodies the power, authority and immorality of the Fascists.

Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

He warns them that they are being set eilone by a man offering to give them fonttamara for their uprising. This sad and tragic tale of the fictional village tells the story that was repeated throughout southern Italy in the early s. Zinoviev was prevented from entering the meeting by the Russian police guards. And most of the chickens and eggs of Fontamara over 40 years ended up in Don Circostanza’s kitchen [12] p.

Darker, longer and with a cross on its back. The shift from complete isolation to sudden fame could have ruined Silone. An orphan at the age of 15 he was forced to grow up extremely fast.


Retrieved 10 May Pelino arrives in the village and tricks the cafoni to sign a petition which would deviate the watercourse away from Fontamara and therefore away from the fields in which they work. The author describes how he cheats the villagers. The s are not the s.

It was the summer of12 months since he had completed the manuscript of Fontamara in the sanatorium at Davos. The novel was published in Zurich, Switzerland in the spring of in a German translation by Nettie Sutro. Pelino had reported talk against the government and the Church, and new laws are put into place. The themes embrace politics and religion, revolution and mysticism.

Her loyalty to him was unswerving, but so was her loyalty to the Party.

Their detestation of Stalinism fontamarra them to embrace another false idol. He wrote to me: Pelino informs the government that the Fontamaresi not cooperating through ignorance with the new Fascist regime and Innocenzo la Legge comes to impose a curfew, which will severely inhibit their work, and forbid talk of politics in public places.

Nazzarena herself dies and her husband is very ill.

Fontamara – Wikipedia

I think they are the first peasants of flesh and blood who will appear in Italian literature’. Inwhen the story is set, the survival of peasants depended on subsistence agriculture on the land of the large landowners. He played the leading role in setting up the Italian branch of silkne Congress for Cultural Freedom, an organisation which unknown to him proved to be largely funded by the CIA.

In the industrial north the rank and file of the PCI had organised the first mass strikes against fascism. Why did he gontamara he was a Communist? So it was that the self sacrifice of Berardo, the hero of Fontamarawas born. He has written another half dozen or more novels. After a while I became convinced he tells not an historical tale of a real village, but records an accurate composite of what happened the length and breadth of rural southern Italy in the s.


Years later, when he came to revise the book–Silone revised nearly everything he wrote–he described his state of mind: Best wishes, John Bingham, Ph. Views Read Edit View history. In the United States the book was rejected 12 times before it found a publisher. The manuscript of Fontamara circulated in the exile community in Switzerland without exciting much attention. Ignazio Silone is a pseudonym he was forced to choose when his political activity got him in trouble with the Fascists.

In the eyes of those who watched him without let-up, his every gesture and word took on disproportionate importance. It did not appear in Italian untilapart from a limited edition published silpne exiles in Paris inand a British government edition with numerous errors issued to Italian prisoners of war in Almost everyone has died “those who could, fled.

She also hints that if the people of Fontamara need anything, such as gasoline or arms, for instance, they could have it, provided they applied through some trustworthy person. He was certainly not a pastor able to risk his life to defend his flock against wolves, but he was educated enough in his religion to explain how, from the moment God created wolves, he recognised that from time to time they had the right to devour some sheep.

By it was available in 20 countries and a stage version–‘Bitter Stream’–was showing in New York.

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