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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What a hard destiny is his. The PCI was driven completely underground and into exile. Neither have we, came the response.

Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

Not even partial expropriation of properties was practiced, nor was the land that had been confiscated from religious orders, assigned to peasants. In front of everyone, Don Abbacchio stands up, fat, and dilone, the veins in his neck swollen, his face flushed, his eyes half-closed in a blissful expression.

He was disgusted by a betrayal, like he said, by a man whom he considered a friend, who he had known as a soldier and with whom he had broken bread on many occasions and had a very close friendship [12] p.

The most important fact was that Russian soldiers had deserted and crossed over to the side of the rebellious workers. Priest don Abbachio had forbidden him to tell anyone. 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. He represented the Bank. She is known in Fontamara as destined to marry Berardo, though he doesn’t propose to her due to lack of land and money, whilst Elivira has a vast dowry silne trousseau.


The spiritual aspect of his personal faith grew stronger. Silone recalled, ‘I kept asking Togliatti, “Do you suppose that’s the way they do things in the Sacred College of Cardinals? Berardo Viola wanted to emigrate to America but cannot due to new emigration laws. It is applied by judges, who are all townsmen, ignzaio it is interpreted by lawyers, who are all townsmen.

In the s he opposed the American war in Vietnam. He had already been in Moscow on several occasions, becoming increasingly concerned about the ugly degeneration of the revolution. It was in the German speaking community that the book struck home.

Pelino comes, Giuva says It’s hard for a townsman and a cafone to understand each other. L’Unita silons the name of the paper founded by Gramsci in and suppressed by Mussolini in This experience marked him out for the rest of his life. The mother, father and son dilone become the narrators, though the majority of the book is narrated by the father.

He said “I can do nothing for you. Instead that land was put up for auction, a system that only favoured those who had large amounts of liquid capital, therefore perpetuating the inequality of wealth between the north and south.

The Fontamaresi say The law of Moses says “Thou Shalt not Steal” and The militia had come to Fontamara and violated a number of women — an abominable outrage, though in itself not incomprehensible. Could he even possibly be getting this right; could it ever have been this bad; were their choices so absurd and their misunderstanding some complete?

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


When it was first published 60 years ago it was not the first book about fascism. Nazzarena, Elvira’s mother, had a dream when Elvira was born that the Virgin Mary said to her I give you the most beautiful of my doves but you and your husband will pay for it with great suffering.

Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

In other words Fucino goes to he who has sufficient capital. Fontamara is a fictional small rural village in Marsica in the Abruzzo region. But on this occasion matters took a wholly new turn. It was in the German speaking community that the book struck home.

The form of the narrative itself is an experiment in getting across a vital message in a fraught time. Since the war she had had meetings with people of consequence but they had stopped sending for her because of her three or four pregnancies. ighazio

David Beecham: Ignazio Silone and Fontamara (Summer )

The family of Torlonia arrived in Rome at the beginning of the last century in fontsmara wake of a French regiment and was originally called Torlogne.

He is a friend to all and only fights with his brother-in-law over the water. The misery of peasants is closely linked to their ignorance as this makes them vulnerable to scams and abuse, especially due to their reliance on others for contact with the new and complicated iganzio of the city.