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Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year

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It was to Lucania, a desolate land in southern Italy, that Carlo Levi—a doctor, painter, philosopher, and man of letters—was confined as a political prisoner because of his opposition to Italy's Fascist government at the start of the Ethiopian war in 1935. While there, Levi reflected on the harsh landscape and its inhabitants, peasants who lived the same lives their ancest ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1945)
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Jupiter I'd say very much. Basilicata in general is still a little bit "rural" (my roommate is from Potenza and he was telling me that Matera has no train…moreI'd say very much. Basilicata in general is still a little bit "rural" (my roommate is from Potenza and he was telling me that Matera has no train station and it's difficult to reach even by car because the roads are a little bit rickety), but overall modernity has reached this part of italy.
(I am italian, I live in Puglia, near Basilicata where the book takes place, and I have a uncle that lives there)(less)

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Nov 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
You know how once in a while you run into a book that's so good you don't want it to end, so you draw read it very slowly, drawing it out? For me, this was one of those books.

Christ Stopped at Eboli is the story of Levi's year living in Basilicata, in the south of Italy, where Mussolini exiled him for anti-Fascist activities. Levi, who was a doctor by training but a painter by trade, lived among a population mostly composed of peasants, along with a few run-of-the-mill bureaucrats. The book is a
Tom Tabasco
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carlo Levi was sent in exile to a Southern Italian village (current name Aliano) in the mid 1930's as a political prisoner because of his anti-fascism. This book is his recollection of one of the three years he spent there. 

The village is very small, isolated, and ridden with misery and illness.

What could have been a dreadfully boring memoir becomes a beautiful, poetic work of art under the artistic sensitivity of Mr Levi's pen. 

What gives the book a true soul, and really elevates it, is the de
Jacob Overmark
I would have liked to meet Carlo Levi.

Despite being held a political prisoner in the blooming Fascism days of the mid-thirties Italy, he did not turn sour. At least not in his rendering of one year in one of the most rural areas of Italy.

Not that he in any way withheld his stand against Fascism and how the new “state religion” left its mark on the country, but he made a point of meeting friend and foe with an open mind.

Eboli, where once the train tracks parted, never to reach into the rural area
Christ stopped at Eboli, down on the coast, up the in the hills the world remains pre-Christian. This is the author's account of life in one of those hill villages while in internal exile under the fascists.

Levi presents most of the villagers as being so isolated from the mainstream of Italian culture that they have a pre-christian or pagan mentality or weltanschauung. For example at Christmas the poor people give presents to the rich - unlike in the Bible story were the Kings give presents to t
"Nothing had ever come [from Rome] but the tax collector and speeches over the radio."

In Christ Stopped at Eboli, Carlo Levi describes a place that time forgot as beautifully as one could possibly describe such a place; a place so misbegotten and forlorn and godless that Christ himself, so the legend went, stopped at another town and came no further. Levi is the nominal protagonist of the book, since this is his memoir of one-year in 1935-1936 in Aliano, Italy, (renamed Gagliano in the book) as
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010)
Shelves: 1001-core
A wonderfully written book about the sorry condition in Southern Italy before the onset of WWII by an anti-fascist Italian writer, journalist, artist and doctor, Carlo Levi (1902-1975). This is the type of book that you tend to hold on to each word because the writing is so beautiful that you would not want the story to end. Adding to this is the fact that this novel or memoir was actually written as a protest to Benito "Il Duce" Mussolini's (1883-1945) government.

The title refers to the what th
Anna [Floanne]
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Anna [Floanne] by: Auntie Pam
Shelves: _italia, classics, dorfles
Una scrittura fuori dal tempo, la cui bellezza non invecchia mai.
Inderjit Sanghera
The same sonorous, self-effacing style, along with a startling profundity and wisdom, is imbued in the works of Carlos Levi as with his illustrious namesake, Primo. 'Christ Stopped at Eboli' follows the exile of Carlo Levi to the remote villages of 'Grassano' and 'Gagliano' in the Italian south. 

Carlo captures the wretched, hopeless cadence of the peasant's lives, discarded by government, disregarded by society, their existence is punctuated by a deep sense of desolation. Not only is the book fa
Richard Newton
A wonderful, evocative read. The description of the peasant society Levi, as a political prisoner, was exiled to live in. It can be read as a shocking reflection on poverty, exploitation and politics. But mostly it is a beautiful memoire of a culture and a people.

What makes it so good is Levi never judges or belittles local beliefs. He just states them as the ways things were. He generally avoids judgement or solution apart from one short analysis towards the end of the book and his general ton
I “know” Italian in the same way I “know” how to cook, throw a punch or pleasure a woman orally. Meaning, I get by, but the results are not always flattering to my self-esteem. Which is why it’s taken me three months to read the first half of Levi’s charming little memoir. And now the library wants it back. Christ stopped at Eboli; Buck stopped on page 150. We’re both slackers.

I think I might love this book, though. We’ve agreed to meet at the train station in Vienna in six months.
Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year is book that is difficult to classify. It is the story, novelized but real, of author Carlo Levi, a non-practicing doctor and full-time painter who was an Italian political prisoner, sent by the fascist government in power at that time to Gagliano, a village in the poverty-stricken area of southern Italy where the peasants are starving (although taxed non-the-less) and the countryside is bleak beyond belief. Levi, a painter, renders the stark landscap ...more
Sinem A.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
keşke Carlo Levi nin daha çok kitabı olsa Türkçe de... Uzun zamandır bu kadar gerçekçi olup da bu kadar masalsı anlatan bir yazar ile karşilaşmamıştım.. İtalya. . bize ne kadar çok benziyorsun...
Dhanaraj Rajan
Let me state the verdict first: A fantastic read.

This book is supposed to be a memoir. But each chapter can be read as a short story. Carlo Levi was sent to a village in the southern most tip of Italy as a political prisoner in the years 1935 - 1936. His crime was being against the Fascist regime. Being a man from North Italy (Turin) the life in the south Italy was a different experience. And later he narrated his life in south Italy in writing and that has become a masterpiece. And I too agree
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I think this might be the perfect memoir. Soulful, poetic, and in the end so rarely about the author himself. With an anthropological eye he examines the many facets of the "exotic" land to which he has been exiled--southern Italy in 1935: preChristian, he calls it, feudal. Caveat: There is much to discuss and argue about in this book, not the least of which is his pronouncement of his Gramscian political solutions to the endemic poverty he discovers in Lucania, in the second to last chapter of ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
I had been meaning to read this book ever since I read Paul Theroux's The Pillars of Hercules about twenty years ago, where Theroux described his visit to the village where Levi had been exiled, and which Levi had memorialized in Christ Stopped At Eboli.

This is a wonderful story of how often so little really changes in the countryside, especially the relationships between the peasants and their would-be rulers. It also has quite a bit to say about the often pointless oppressions of the modern st
L'intellettuale torinese Carlo Levi, convinto antifascista, viene messo al confino in Lucania. Siamo nel 1935. Qui, nel paese di Aliano, scoprirà l'umanità contadina del mezzogiorno, vivrà con una popolazione da sempre vissuta ai margini della storia, dimenticata e rimasta sepolta per millenni sotto il peso dell'ingiustizia sociale e dell'indifferenza politica.
"- Noi non siamo cristiani, - essi dicono, - Cristo si è fermato a Eboli - . Cristiano vuol dire, nel loro linguaggio, uomo... [...] Noi
Ahmad Sharabiani
569. Christ Stopped at Eboli – Carlo Levi
آنها میگویند: «ما مسیحی نیستم. مسیح در ابولی متوقف ماند.» مسیحی در زبان آنها یعنی آدم. و جمله ضربالمثلگونهای را که بارها شنیدهام تکرار میکنند که شاید چیزی بیش از بیان یک احساس ناامیدانه ناشی از حقارت نیست. «ما مسیحی نیستم، آدم نیستم، آدم به حساب نیامدیم، بلکه حیوان، حیوان بارکش و حتی بدتر از حیواناتیم.» لوی در این کتاب با زبانی روان و گاه طنزآمیز به شیوه خاطرهنگاری و با جهشهای زمانی بدون تقدم و تاخر وقایع، داستان خود را به پیش میبرد و فضای نه چندان بانشاط
Andrei Tamaş
Descrierea exilului unui doctor în timpul Italiei fasciste. Narațiune la persoana I. Dialogul lipsește aproape cu desăvârșire, fiind deci o confesiune lăuntrică. Din această confesiune nu se înțelege însă caracterul anti-fascist al naratorului (căci mă gândesc că așa ar trebui să fie). Conchid că nu vrea să ofere cititorului decât o morală conform căreia nu te poți împotrivi niciunui regim politic totalitar, fiind nevoit să îl accepți și -ca remediu- să admiri frumusețea rustica a naturii, asta ...more
Mai così lontani dallo stato

Dopo aver letto “Furore” e le vicissitudini della massa dei piccoli proprietari terrieri mandati in miseria dal nuovo latifondo negli stato uniti degli anni '30, un'amica anobiana mi aveva consigliato di rileggermi “Cristo si è fermato ad Eboli” per fare il confronto coi cafoni del nostro meridione.
Così, rileggendolo 40 anno dopo, ho maledetto la scuola, che mi costrinse allora a leggere questo libro bellissimo così in fretta e furia, oppressa dai ritmi di interrogazi
Non solo un affresco della società contadina del periodo interbellico; non solo uno spaccato dell'impatto del fascismo sulla società; non solo una lucida riflessione sulla Questione Meridionale; questo libro è scritto in modo sublime.
Vanni Santoni
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ecco un altro libro che al liceo avevo schivato accuratamente reputandolo una palla e ovviamente mi sbagliavo di grosso. Si tratta di un capolavoro clamoroso (e per nulla palloso), inutile spendere altre parole...
Συλλεκτικό, αγαπημένο βιβλίο με εξαιρετική μετάφραση από τη Ρίτα Μπούμη Παππά.
Αναγνωστική απόλαυση.
Simona Fedele
Il romanzo è l'esperienza vissuta dall'autore in terra di Lucania, da confinato nel 1936. Bellissime e precisissime le descrizioni dei paesaggi e dei personaggi, sia dei singoli individui che della collettività (i contadini o le donne, per esempio). Dolorosa, invece, la descrizione della miseria e della povertà vissuta dagli abitanti di queste terre, soprattutto dai contadini, tanto amati dall'autore. La malaria, l'impossibilità di accedere a cure mediche di base, l'assenza degli uomini partiti ...more
Douglas Dalrymple
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In addition to being superbly well written (and translated), Carlo Levi’s book succeeds in achieving what only the best non-fiction does: it educates your feeling for human possibilities and expands your capacity for wonder. Levi says that he was tutored by his housekeeper in peasant magic while exiled in Lucania; I think this book is proof that he gained considerable proficiency.
Moshtagh ghurdarvazi
کتاب مسیح هرگز به اینجا نرید یا میح در ابولی متوقف مان کتابیت راوی گونه از اقامت تقریبا دو ساله ی یک پزشک و نقاش و روشنفکر و مبارز ضد فاشیست در تبعید

کتاب ماجراهای مردم بخشی ک شخص نقاش در ان بسر میبرد را نقل میکند و به زیبایی و شیوایی مردم ساده دل روستا را به تصویر میکشد مردمی روستایی ساده مصیبت زده و تحت سلطه نظام فئودالی و بورژوازی دهه 20 و 30 ایتالیا

در فصول پایانی کتاب شاهد راهکارهایی هستیم که شخص نویسنده انهارا راهکارهایی برای نجات از فاشیست میداند
نکته حائز اهمیت نگاه تیز بین و طنز لطیف و دق
"İsa Bu Köye Uğramadı" adıyla Türkçe'ye çevrilen harika bir köy anlatısı olmuş. Tıpkı köylerde zamanın ağır ağır aktığı gibi ağır okunan bir kitap oldu. Kitap İtalya'nın yokluk ve hastalıkla kuşatılmış bir köyünde kilise-halk, devlet-vatandaş, köylü-politikacı, doğa-insan ilişkisini bir siyasi sürgünün gözünden anlatıyor. Bu kitabı bana öneren Goodreads uygulaması on ikiden vurmuş diyebilirim.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Capolavoro assoluto della letteratura Italiana, non capisco come si potesse pensare - quend'erme giovani! - di farlo leggere ai ragazzi delle medie. E' di un tale spessore che ci vogliono anni di letture per apprezzarlo - e non credo di averlo neanche fatto a pieno ...
Kevin Tole
A little gem.
Beautifully written. Poetry, autobiography, travelogue, political and social observation. You have to remember that even as late as 1936 Italy, in particular the south, was little beyond a feudal state. The ramifications of 'nationhood' hardly touched the peasant way of life which pervades this autobiographical sketch by Carlo Levi. You also need to realise the ravages of disease, particularly malaria, in a countryside where doctors were infrequent and medicines in short supply and
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"questa fraternità passiva, questo patire insieme, questa rassegnata, solidale, secolare pazienza è il profondo sentimento comune dei contadini, legame non religioso, ma naturale. Essi non hanno, ne' possono avere, quello che si usa chiamare coscienza politica perché sono, in tutti sensi del termine, pagani, non cittadini: gli dei dello Stato e della città non possono avere spazio culto tra queste argille dove regna il lupo e l'antico, nero cinghiale, né alcun moro separa il mondo degli uomini d ...more
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crudo e magico ritratto della Lucania nella sua arretratezza e solitudine ma anche orgogliosa fierezza sullo sfondo della dittatura fascista e della guerra di Etiopia, il tutto reso ancora più valente dal racconto in prima persona dell'autore, protagonista dei fatti narrati. C. Levi incanta non solo con la descrizione dei paesaggi della Basilicata ma anche nel delineare e nel dare spicco a questi protagonisti della vita del comune di Gagliano, anonimi ma allo stesso tempo definiti e peculiari.
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Bright Young Things: November 2015- Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi 45 22 Dec 11, 2015 04:14PM  
  • Uomini e no
  • The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
  • The Viceroys
  • Fontamara
  • The Moon and the Bonfire
  • To Each His Own
  • Reeds in the Wind
  • Il partigiano Johnny
  • History
  • The Ragazzi
  • I Malavoglia
  • La ragazza di Bube
  • That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
  • Lessico famigliare
  • The Time of Indifference
  • The Skin
  • A Woman
  • One, No One and One Hundred Thousand
Carlo Levi was an Italian-Jewish painter, writer, activist, anti-fascist, and doctor.
He is best known for his book, Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli), published in 1945; a memoir of his time spent in exile in Lucania, Italy, after being arrested in connection with his political activism. In 1979, the book became the basis of a movie of the same name, directed by Francesco Rosi.
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