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The Story of Tönle (Trilogia dell'Altopiano)

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Tonle Bintarn's story takes place in the mountains of the Veneto region, which once bordered the Austro-Hungarian Empire and where smuggling was a means of subsistence for the peasant population. Having run afoul of a patrol of revenue agents, Tonle must seek refuge beyond the frontier in Central Europe. But every winter he returns secretly to his home and family, until fi ...more
Hardcover, 105 pages
Published June 25th 1998 by Marlboro Press (first published 1978)
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arcobaleno
Jul 15, 2016 arcobaleno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La sua casa aveva un albero sul tetto: un ciliegio selvaggio.
E' incredibile quanto la scrittura di Mario Rigoni Stern, così scarna ed essenziale, ma così chiara e naturale e semplice possa coinvolgere emotivamente e sintonizzarsi con le frequenze della commozione: con la sua semplicità riesce ad esprimere emozioni forti, più di tanti arzigogoli e tante parole gonfiate; non si perde in aggettivi inutili, è genuina e precisa; rispecchia un modo di essere, cioè quello spirito alpino che abbiamo c
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Carlo
Feb 18, 2015 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La fine di un mondo com’era conosciuto fino a quel momento: una società che è rimasta simile a se stessa per qualche secolo viene spazzata via dall’improvvisa accelerata della storia che avviene a cavallo tra Diciannovesimo e Ventesimo secolo. E’ ben più di uno sfondo quello su cui si sviluppa la vicenda del protagonista in circa un cinquantennio che va dalla maturità alla morte: con i suoi aspetti positivi (la vicinanza, non solo fisica, della natura) e negativi (la miseria sempre in agguato), ...more
emma hemma
Sep 07, 2015 emma hemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
la storia di quest uomo mi ha incantata. La sua casa, il suo mondo, le sue cose, il suo carattere più forte di tutto.Piccolo grande libro. BELLISSIMO
Katherine
Jun 25, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
Another book I read in preparation for our return to the Dolomites. I'm not sure if it was the translation or just the style of the book, but it felt a little disjointed and abrupt to me. I did appreciate the details that helped recreate the place and era.
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Mario Rigoni Stern was an Italian author and World War II veteran.

His first novel Il sergente nella neve, published in 1953 (and the following year in English as The Sergeant in the Snow), draws on his own experience as a Sergeant Major in the Alpini corp during the disastrous retreat from Russia in the World War II. It is his only work to be translated into English and Spanish.

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