Silone became one of its covert leaders during the rule of the National Fascist Party. Why did he confess he was a Communist? Why did he affirm his confession before the judge of a special tribunal which used his confession to condemn him to 12 years in prison? He wrote to me: "I have tried to act as I thought you would have in my place". Romolo died in prison in as a result of the severe beatings he received. Silone left Italy in on a mission to the Soviet Union and settled in Switzerland in
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Shelves: fiction A friend recommended this to me as the one book he would want if he were stranded on a desert isle with only one book. It covers the events in a remote rural village in Italy under Fascism, as told in retrospect by a husband and wife. Pay attention to who is speaking, as they take turns speaking in the first person, which is potentially A friend recommended this to me as the one book he would want if he were stranded on a desert isle with only one book.
Pay attention to who is speaking, as they take turns speaking in the first person, which is potentially confusing. Despite this, Silone keeps an element of rustic humor in much of the book. Fontamara has a much more powerful ending, and, given its relative lack of specific prescription for a solution, has a stronger message about the problems. A professor, teaching this in a literature class in Florida recently, noted that while his white middle class students were bored reading this, his African American students found it a very compelling read.
The Fascists, when they arrive on the scene, and the brutal enforcers of the landowners. Silone -- or Secondo Tranquillini, which was his real name -- wrote the book in ; evidence has emerged that he helped the Fascists until , so this may be the bitter expression of a disillusioned fellow traveller.
He later became a Communist, only to abandon that as well as a contributor to the "The God That Failed. As other reviewers have mentioned, this was a political novel, with the Communist Silone condemning the Fascist regime. Did he exaggerate his portrait of the hardships of the peasants to further the political goals for the book? I I liked this book very much, the story was very compelling, but even better was the writing, the voices of the three peasant characters who tell the story.
I have no idea — it seems possible since the entire book is one episode of horrible adversity after another. But, maybe it is an accurate description of that life.
Biography[ edit ] Early life and career[ edit ] Silone was born in a rural family, in the town of Pescina in the Abruzzo region. His father, Paolo Tranquilli, died in and in the Avezzano earthquake , he lost many of his family members, including his mother, Marianna Delli Quadri. He left his hometown and finished high school. Silone left Italy in on a mission to the Soviet Union and settled in Switzerland in
Ignazio Silone, “Fontamara”: riassunto della trama e analisi