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Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone
One of the major figures of twentieth-century European literature, Ignazio Silone (1900-78) is the subject of this award-winning new biography by the noted Italian historian Stanislao G. Pugliese. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (T)
(first published June 1st 2009)
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Pugliese, Stanislao G. BITTER SPRING: A Life of Ignazio Silone. (2009). ****. Back in school, I took a course entitled: “Modern European Literature.” the reading list was long, and included works by Sartre, Malraux, Camus and Silone. I wondered who Silone was; I had never heard of him. Turns out that there were three novels of his that we had to read: “Fontamara,” “Bread and Wine,” and “The Seed Beneath the Snow.” I was totally enthralled with his writing, and believed that these novels were the ...more
Now I feel bad that I've never read any Ignazio Silone; apparently he's like John Steinbeck and George Orwell rolled into one. 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.