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 Zürich (; Eng. trans., ). It is a realistic and compassionate story of the exploitation of.

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But once again the words of the peasants of Fontamara ring out:. Although Berardo is innocent, he decides to sacrifice himself and tell the police that he is the Solito Sconosciuto in order to allow the true Solito Sconosciuto to continue his propaganda.

The form of the narrative itself is an experiment in getting across a vital message in a fraught time. Inas political agitation against the government and the war grew rapidly, Silone became regional secretary for the rural workers of the Abruzzi.

sillne He is in love with Elvira but does not think himself good enough to marry her because he does not own a piece of land. For the first time in Italian literature, peasants were the protagonists and their agricultural activities are described in great detail through the seasons.

From the way the author describes him, we see that people from the city fntamara very different from the cafoni and for this they were despised. Silone withdrew from organised politics for the second time in his life, this time for good.

He is much admired by the young people of Fontamara who are heavily influenced by his speeches and his way of thinking, and he is the heart of their vice club meetings.


Books by Ignazio Silone (Author of Fontamara)

So i appeal to you to give me your signatures. Romulo had been in prison sinceaccused of being a member of the PCI.

Retrieved 14 May Saturday Review of Literature. They are tricked into signing the petition, agreeing to the three-quarter, three-quarter split, the 10 lustri swindle, the Impresario buying the wheat at per hundredweight so that he could then sell it at per hundredweight, and Berardo and Giuva’s son are exploited by Don Achille Pazienza in Rome. It documents sione native Abruzzo, where peasants seek to confront the corrupt alliance of a landowner known here as the Contractor, with the authorities.

The leaders of the ‘conspiracy against silne State’ are put in prison. He remained a self effacing, rather taciturn figure. For one thing he was expelled from the Communist Party just at the time when many others were joining it. The cafoni are summoned to a meeting in Avezzano to discuss the matter of Fucino an extremely fertile fontzmara of landand are yet again deceived when instead of having a discussion, the land is taken fohtamara them and given to the rich [12] p.

When the book appeared it had an impact beyond Silone’s wildest dreams.

Anyway, after the police investigation of the banknotes, the impresario’s authority grew enormously. Nazzarena, Elvira’s mother, had a dream when Elvira was born that the Virgin Mary said to her I give you the most beautiful of my doves but you and your husband will pay for it with great suffering. He represented the Bank. In an atmosphere of intimidation the policy discussions fontamada. Silone withdrew from organised politics for the second time in his life, this time for good.

Fontaamara describes the sufferings of the peasants, the cafoni, still living under feudalism and further burdened under the new fascist regime of Mussolini.


In he published the ‘definitive’ version of Fontamara. He seems more and more surprised about the events which unfold in Fontamara because before it was a quiet town where nothing really happened. But Silone silonee had no doubts.

Books by Ignazio Silone

Pescina was not Fontamara and Silone was not a poor peasant. It was written in and was well-known in translation before it could be published in Italy. The Modern Language Review.

It was to be a decisive experience in Silone’s life. sulone

The author also describes how despite being a priest, he does not protect the Fontamaresi from the rich and their unfair treatment. After a long struggle with injustice he realises that everything he does is useless and that the enemy is too powerful. However he does not listen fontamaa them nor take their views into consideration because he sees them as inferior to him.

He had sold his land to don Circonstanza to fund his trip but now has no land, known as il cafone senza terra the peasant without land and is unemployed and, because of his pride, feels unfit sione marry Elvira — a Madonna-like character fonntamara he loves. Its author, Ignazio Silone, was a controversial figure throughout his life. The PSU collapsed almost as soon as it was born. Fontamara ‘s worldwide success obviously owed a lot to the presence of Italian communities in different countries.

She had extraordinary modesy and reserve [12] p.