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As Ignazio Silone’s novel Bread and Wine opens, Don Benedetto, a Catholic priest, is sitting outside his modest home. It is his seventy-fifth birthday, and he is . When it first appeared in , Bread and Wine stunned the world with its exposure of Italy’s fascist state, depicting that regime’s use of. Ignazio Silone’s classic novel Bread and Wine served as a moral compass to U.S. leftists seeking alternatives to both capitalism and.

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Andy Griswold I was researching the works of Ignazio Silone on the Internet when I ognazio across your commentary on the novel Bread and Wine, which has been a favorite work of mine for many years.

Bread and Wine

A close, claustrophobic story lurking in the shadows of Mussolini’s fascist Italy at the kgnazio of the Second Ita I can’t fully articulate why I found this book so captivating, but the guilt-ridden lapsed Italian Catholic and insufferable leftist intellectual at war in me are both obsessed with it for completely opposite but probably equally unhealthy reasons. This page was last edited on 30 Augustat I highly recommend this book.

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View all 3 comments. Although I still teach his novels in my undergraduate classes, and find them sublime works of art as well as lucid commentaries on the national and international politics of the left in the s and ’30s, there is simply no possibility of this information not affecting how these novels are read today.

Feb 25, M. How is the totalitarian regime or dictatorship be destroyed or overcome? Mar 25, Ali rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, in Bread and Winethe hero, one Pietro Spina, a Communist, is disguised as a priest named Father Paolo Spada, who is in hiding among the peasants of his native Abruzzi. Rende bene la sensazione di oppressione che dovette vivere l’autore: Through the story of the once-exiled Pietro Spina, Italy comes alive with priests and peasants, students and revolutionaries, all on the brink of war.

So, Silone was a paradox personified. By the end you’re left wondering if the book’s true hero is not Spina, but Zabaglione, a man who is has conserved his resources to do the rebuilding when Fascism is finally gone.

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Answer it truthfully if you can. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jun 14, M. The breadth and depth of the religious imagery, and subtle commentary on the source and uses of the truth, were suddenly made apparent to my “new sight” the second time I read Bread And Wine, and I saw many allusions and images that I had missed as a secular undergraduate. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

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An exiled socialist comes back from exile to Italy to organize iwne revolution against the totalitarian government. You are commenting using your WordPress. Published June 7th by Signet first published To escape being found out, he assumes a new name and new identity. Written in by an anti fascist writer who also had the good sense to break with Stalin in the early 30’s.

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Bread and Wine is an anti-fascist and anti-Stalinist novel written by Ignazio Silone. I was very much struck by the criticism that Silone employed in the novel andd on the doctrine of Marx and thereby Socialism. Before he was 20 he had established himself in Brdad as editor of a socialist weekly. I an going on a limb here but this book is very good.

Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page. Scan to replace existing image 2 16 May 18, Pietro’s journey in the novel is from the doctrinaire positions of the party back toward his early youthful idealism, which was informed by something more than a simply materialistic vision. This book is deeply philosophical and tbat is what makes it exciting. It is a story of a leftist who returns to Italy in the mid 30’s to revive resistance agains the regime just as war is declared against eithiopia.

Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone

This work remains one of my favorites, especially for its understated, ironic tone. When the scores of these cantatas were published in the s in East GermanyEisler dated their creation to the yearalthough the novel had been published only in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

When our partisan group Partito d’Azione communicated with OSS agents then in charge of organize resistant in Nazi-occupied countries they wanted to know movements of German divisions, how many anti-aircrafts were posted near bridges on the Ticino river, could we interrupt telephone communications so that the Germans had to to the air and after the war I found out that the German code had been brokennot my existential condition.

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But what sort of opposition is there? The few italian authors whom I have interacted with have always left mecyearnibg for more of their writings. Highly recommended and just as cu In Fascist Italy, a Socialist man recently returned from exile, in order to evade the law, is disguised as a priest–as an ecclesiastic he will have immunity from persecution– and lives among the peasants of the Abruzzi.

The novels that made him world famous as an anti-Fascist were Fontamara and Bread and Wine, the latter first published in English in and then in 17 other languages as well as in Italian. In Abruzzo there are many backward countries as Pietrasecca, where the laws of nature and the peasants are inviolable.

Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone

In Fascist Italy, a Socialist man recently returned from exile, in order to evade the qnd, is disguised as a priest–as an ecclesiastic he will have immunity from persecution– and lives among the peasants of the Abruzzi. View all 5 comments. A classic and no wonder it was banned in Mussolini’s Italy!

A sing A socialist on the run in fascist Italy. Read it in the book.

Through the story of the once exiled Pietro Spina, Italy comes alive with priests and peasants, students and revolutionaries, all on the brink ignnazio war. A second addition from a reader: This is no happy book. Both novels concentrate on the Italian rural poor, who are suffering under Mussolini’s dictatorship and who dearly wish they could emigrate to America or Argentina.

As you follow the story through to its conclusion, Spina never wavers from his conviction, but the author definitely wavers. And the Bocchini document with a cover document that says Secondino Tranquilli.

The novel is written with power and great sensitivity toward characters.