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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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. Ignazio Silone gives us a deep and sensitive and sympathetic portrait of that lost world of the pre-Fascist cafoni. The most important fact was that Russian soldiers had deserted and crossed over to the side of the rebellious workers. In an atmosphere of intimidation the policy discussions began.

Some characters have become more distinct and others have receded into the background. 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? He had in effect taken the decision to withdraw from Party activity, but passivity was not enough for the leadership. It took less than three years for any hope of resistance within the PCI to the Stalin regime to wither. It is a sad irony that Silone seems to have felt unable to use the word because it had been appropriated by the Stalinist enemy.

The spiritual aspect of his personal faith grew stronger. 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.

Silone’s life was moulded by the two great forces of the 20th century. These were the circumstances in which Silone and Togliatti were summoned to Moscow for a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Communist International.


Someone said he had sold his soul to the devil in exchange for wealth, and perhaps he was right. Her prayers are granted and she dies in bed from a high fever. 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.

And if he’s a fool and still doesn’t understand, burn down his villa at night while he’s in bed with Donna Rosalia.

The war was ‘an imperialist and capitalist war for raw materials and markets, like that of ‘. The mother, father and son therefore become the narrators, though the majority of the book is narrated by the father.

Some characters have become more distinct and others have receded into the background. One chapter, dealing with the ‘Hero of Porta Pia’, was cut out completely, making for a neater book but depriving the reader of a masterly explanation of how dontamara are drawn into fascist movements.

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Another time the concrete mile marker stones along the national highway were smashed over an area of ten miles. It is Silone’s first novel and is regarded as his most famous work. In appearance he was a young elephant. When the men return the Fascists question them, asking “Long Live who? This experience marked him out for the rest of his life. 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 igmazio bread on many occasions and had a very close friendship [12] p.

It was the summer of12 months since he had completed the manuscript of Fontamara in the sanatorium at Davos.

Jesus was not talking of the dark bread that the cafoni eat, or the tasteless substitute for bread that is the consecrated wafer of the priests. In an earthquake shattered central Italy. It was incomprehensible, even ridiculous, that a man of that force could have the eyes and the smile of a child [12] p.

At the end of the book, the Solito Sconosciuto helps the survivors of the war to cross the border. But there were important changes.


Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

He was arrested on a demonstration against the war. Despite the pressures and the hardships, Silone renewed his commitment to activity. Ignazio Silone was born on 1st May in Pescina, a small town in the mountainous region of the Abruzzi.

His few words of Italian, in fact, were graceful and had evidently been learned from a woman. Don Circostanza is the real enemy of the people of Fontamaraeven though he is known as L’Amico del Popolo the friend of the people [12] p. As I have said, it did not go unnoticed by the suspicious members of the apparatus. Only the people of Fontamara can give the brigand the lesson he fonyamara. He was appointed editor of the paper for the city of Trieste and then, as the fascist threat grew and Mussolini came to power, went underground.

Ignazio Silone and Fontamara

He leaves us at the outskirts of the village, hearing the gunfire off in the distance of the “war” which has come to Fontamara. Fucino will go to he who can cultivate it, he who has the means to cultivate it. 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.

Compared to this the PSI had very little, and those forces it did have were in favour of collaboration–at least–with the Communists. Unfortunately, so far as Italy at least was concerned, some of his fears proved well founded. He says Does that land belong to the Impresario?

His real name was not Ignazio Silone — he was born Secondino Tranquilli. The denunciation was typed out and signed for him by Togliatti.