One of the major figures of twentieth-century European literature, Ignazio Silone —78 is the subject of this award-winning new biography by the noted Italian historian Stanislao G. A founding member of the Italian Communist Party, Silone took up writing only after being expelled from the PCI and garnered immediate success with his first book, Fontamara , the most influential and widely translated work of antifascism in the s. Army printed unauthorized versions of it, along with Silone's Bread and Wine , and distributed them throughout Italy during the country's Nazi occupation.
During the cold war, he was an outspoken opponent of Soviet oppression and was twice considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone by Stanislao G. Pugliese
Twenty years after his death, Silone was the object of controversy when reports arose indicating that he had been an informant for the Fascist police. Pugliese's biography, the most comprehensive work on Silone by far and the first full-length biography to be published in English, evaluates all the evidence and paints a portrait of a complex figure whose life and work bear themes with contemporary relevance and resonance.
Bitter Spring , the winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, is a memorable biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers against totalitarianism in all its forms, set amid one of the most troubled moments in modern history.
Its clear and compelling style, expert scholarship, and profound sensitivity combine to make Bitter Spring indispensable reading for all who are seriously interested in Silone's life and times. A much-needed work of literary and political scholarship.
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Mar 15, Ron rated it really liked it Shelves: radical , biography , politics , authors. This was an interesting biography; it's academic, and sometimes a bit disjointed, but Silone's life--spurred to political activism by his childhood in an Italian peasant village, but so opposed to authoritarianism that he had just as many problems with the communists as the fascists--is compelling. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. About Stanislao G.
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