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 While there, he declared his opposition to Joseph Stalin and the leadership of Comintern ; consequently, he was expelled from the PCI. He suffered from tuberculosis and severe clinical depression and spent nearly a year in Swiss clinics; in Switzerland, Aline Valangin helped and played host to him and other migrants.
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Start your review of Vino e pane Write a review Shelves: italian-authors , europe-between-wars , fascism I think this book sets a personal record for me: I finally read it after it had been on my TBR shelf for more than 40 years! This is a novel of the Italian resistance to fascism set in Italy in the mids. A revolutionary hunted by the authorities as was the author has returned to the country disguised as a priest. The real political action is in Rome but, emaciated and sickly probably from tuberculosis , the rebel is hiding out in the countryside still a land of poor peasants, donkeys and I think this book sets a personal record for me: I finally read it after it had been on my TBR shelf for more than 40 years!
The real political action is in Rome but, emaciated and sickly probably from tuberculosis , the rebel is hiding out in the countryside — still a land of poor peasants, donkeys and ox-carts. The area is the Abruzzi, a hilly region in central Italy due east of Rome but considered culturally part of southern Italy. As part of his disguise he coats his face in iodine to create wrinkles to look older. He avoids priestly duties despite demands for him to hear confessions and preside over baptisms.
When he is coerced into some priestly action, he has good luck. He makes a life-long friend of a young woman on her death bed from an illegal abortion to whom he administers last rites; but she survives.
He has an eye for the women including a married peasant and a wealthy lady. He makes a poor priest. They were used to living in isolation, ignorance, diffidence and the sterile hatred of one family for another. On religion: The church is for the government and the wealthy, not the people.
It keeps up the freshness and savor. The people particularly fear earthquakes. People remember the tremendous earthquake twenty years before in in the Abruzzi region that killed 35, people. One old woman crawls up the church floor keeping her tongue to the ground, leaving a glistening trail like a snail. But there are also some good priests. He visits an old priest, a retired teacher who gathers former pupils in his home.
All were idealistic rebels as young boys and the priest encouraged such thinking. But now some are rebels and some are wealthy fascists and even spies for the government. They were so poor that some women prayed for the war to continue.
As Calvino did, the author gives a preface about how and why he revised the book in after it was originally written in Photos from grandvoyageitaly.
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