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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It is Silone’s first novel and is regarded as his most famous work. In the United States the book was rejected 12 times before it found a publisher. But Silone himself had fnotamara doubts. Retrieved from ” https: Where Is All My Relation? To show his loyalty fontamraa would have to denounce his former comrades who had been expelled, notably Pietro Tresso, one of the best underground leaders, and those who had allied themselves with Trotsky. I have never been so certain in myself She was the first person mentioned in his will.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. After a long struggle with injustice he realises that everything he does is useless and that the enemy is too powerful.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Innocenzo is a tax collector and helps the authorities enforce laws in Fontamara. When the book appeared it had an impact beyond Silone’s wildest dreams. The first fontamarx of him shows his evil nature and how he can create wealth from anything. He told me of a similar paper, against Tsarism, which he had edited at Nikolaev when he was still a student.

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He again fell seriously ill; and the Swiss authorities, while refusing Mussolini’s demands for extradition, interned Silone for most of the war. Our friendly conversation went on in the pauses in the political debate and during the translations of the speeches.


The form of the narrative itself is an experiment in getting across a vital message in a fraught time. Silone’s life was moulded by the two great forces of the 20th century. It took three years for Fontamara to appear in print: The denunciation was typed out and signed for him by Togliatti. Romulo had been in prison sinceaccused of being a member of the PCI. He married late in life and donna Clorinda was unable to salvage the remains of the wreck that was his contamara.

Even that was not enough. They are swindled out of their profits and wages by don Circonstanza and the Impresario, and as every family in Fontamara is connected, every family, even the poorest, has interests that are shared with others, and for lack of wealth it is sipone that has to be shared.

And so when the electric light failed at Fontamara for the first time By he was living in luxury, enjoying the hospitality of a Swiss banker who had befriended him.

Like the other young people he admired Berardo. A united Europe on the existing capitalist basis ‘would result in the dictatorship of finance and heavy capital across the whole continent. As don Carlo Magna was a known joker, womaniser, fontwmara, drunkard, glutton, and a weak and fearful man, it would have taken him a long time to squander the inheritance left to him by his father He is seen as a personification of the Church’s betrayal of the people in signing the Concordat also known as the Lateran Treaty with the Fascist State in Gramsci was arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

I talked siloe cafoni of all nationalities from Spaniards to Indians, and we understood each other as if we were at Fontamara. The manuscript of Fontamara circulated in the exile community in Switzerland without exciting much attention. He was so brutally beaten and tortured at the time of his arrest that he received permanent internal injuries, injuries which led to his death in prison in He refuses to help in a rebellion and goes to Rome to find work. His father owned a small amount of land; his mother was a weaver.

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But this really meant that their poor arable land couldn’t be irrigated anymore. Retrieved 13 May He was arrested on a demonstration against the war. Compared to this the PSI had very little, and those forces it did have were in favour of collaboration–at least–with the Communists.

As a choral novel there is not one protagonist, but there are characters who are mentioned more than others such as Berardo, and the three narrators who tell the story. The Solito Sconosciuto is a rebel, conspiring against the government and producing clandestine newspapers denouncing scoundrels, inciting workers to strike and citizens silonw disobey.

Her loyalty to him was unswerving, but so was her loyalty to the Party. 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 Her husband was a war hero and in addition to a pension he had left her silonne silver medal, but probably not the three or four pregnancies [12] p.

The partisans had huge popular support. English Choose a language for shopping. He remained a self effacing, rather taciturn figure.