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reviews Ignazio Silone’s Fontamara – Grade: A+. His real name was not Ignazio Silone – he was born Secondino Tranquilli. Pescina was not Fontamara and Silone was not a poor peasant. Fontamara estas la nomo de fikcia vilaĝo en Abruco kaj scenejo de romano de la itala verkisto Ignazio Silone. La romano estas pri vivo en.

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Compared to this the PSI had very little, and those forces it fontamaga have were in favour of collaboration — at least — with the Communists. My health is terrible but the cause is moral. From the way the author describes him, we see that people from the city were very different from the cafoni and for silne they were despised. Twentieth-century Italian literature in English translation: Townsmen and cafoni unite?

Then he experienced the disillusion of the s as fascism and Stalinism reigned triumphant. And it is the story of two of its sons, and the sacrifice they chose as their way to aid the peasants who were being crushed by the mighty machine through crooked water deals, starvation taxes, professional politicians, and their own abysmal ignorance and superstition. No-one, who did not know him, would have supposed that he was the richest man in the region and the new head of the town [12] p.

This was a device of his mistress Donna Clorinda that enabled her to keep an eye on every detail of his affairs. The narrator says he will write Fontamara in the language we learnt at school i.

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In the foreword Silone points out the remarkable difference between how the South of Italy has been portrayed and the reality with which the poor peasants of the South are actually faced. He was so brutally beaten and tortured at the time of his arrest fontamarw he received permanent internal injuries, injuries which led to his death in prison in But on this occasion matters took a wholly new turn.

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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 However, if anyone wanted to marry her he would punch them.

This cooperation continued until when, using his code name, Silvestri, he wrote to Bellone: It is interesting that the story of Foontamara Giuseppe da Copertino, told by don Abbachio, a story they had heard many times before, shows they think Jesus has a different attitude to rich and poor.

It is fatalistic, but it is also darkly comic. The Fucino basin was subject to a colonial regime. When the manuscript was offered to publishers in Britain it was rejected several times, by Gollancz among others. Life has thrown me along a course that I want to leave behind. She is the one who manages the affairs of the cafoni. She spun and sewed and waited for her son to return.

In Mondadori published the novel, with still further modifications, and Silone made further stylistic changes in the Mondadori publication. He also sets fire to the fence built by the Impresario around his new land, and the roadsweeper guarding it ends up going to prison.

Don Circonsanza’s motto is Fucino a chi lo cultiva Fucino to he who cultivates it and when they are invited to Avezzano they think they will get a chance to discuss the matter with the authorities, but the Fontamaresi discover that Cav. 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?

The Modern Language Review. He married late in life and donna Clorinda was unable to salvage the remains of the wreck that was his life. 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 and trousseau. From his grandfather, according to the eldest villagers who still remember, he had a certain inherited physical strength: In some books, of course, southern Italy is a blessed and beautiful land in which the peasants go caroling joyfully to work, echoed prettily by a chorus of country girls dressed in traditional costume, while nightingales trill in the neighbouring wood’.


Then comes Prince Torlonia, lord of the earth. He was nominated for the Nobel prize for literature ten times.

In the United States the book was rejected 12 times before it found a publisher. But they had done it in the name of the law and in the presence of an inspector of police, and that was incomprehensible The first description of ignaazio shows his evil nature and how he can create wealth from anything. The Fontamaresi work the Earth to survive, turn to emigration as a means of economic improvement and are ignorant to events happening outside of their town. Literally ‘Mr Lamb’, Don Abbacchio is the corrupt priest of Fontamara and the surrounding small villages.

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He is a poor peasant who searches for work. His character seems similar to that of his father, always trying to find work but he is duped by the police into saying that Berardo was suicidal, therefore releasing them from the blame of killing him.

And if he was finally forced to acknowledge that he was not sure how to secure them this justice, such honesty is all too rare. But rapidly he realised fonhamara was a false hope. Fascism has not triumphed.

He always favours the powerful and uses his sermons to blame the villagers for not paying taxes. He is ignorant and easily duped like the other cafoni but doesn’t react in the way that Berardo does, even though he admires what Berardo does.


As with many rural novels, Fontamara discusses the various seasons, and seasonal duties, such as the grape harvest in the vineyards. He is an enemy of the people of Fontamara. The previous owners began to tremble before him. Ignazio Silone was born on ignazil May in Pescina, a small town in the mountainous region of the Abruzzi.