نان و شراب
This is a novel of the Italian resistance to fascism set in Italy in the mid-1930’s. 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 ...more
Bread and Wine is an anti-fascist and anti-Stalinist novel written by Ignazio Silone. It was finished while the author was in exile from Benito Mussolini's Italy. It was first published in 1936 in a German language edition in Switzerland as Brot und Wein, and in an English translation in London later the same year. An Italian version, Pane e vino, did not appear until 1937.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1977 میلادی
This book offers scope for multifaceted reviews and reflection.
- One can look at it as a normal novel where an interesting plot develops to an exciting climax.
- One can look at it as a novel with many character sketches.
- One can look at it as an anthropological novel that introduces local customs and beliefs of Abruzzi region of Italy.
- One can look at it as a political novel that expounds the difficulties suffered by Socialist movement under the Fascist regime of Mussolini.
In defiance of genre, Silone weaves a heavy tapestry from threads of fable, philosophy, morality play, and political subterfuge. A close, claustrophobic story lurking in the shadows of Mussolini's fascist Italy at the outbreak of the Second ...more
Highly recommended and just as ...more
Don Paolo, a revolutionary, who hsa changed his name from Spina and changed his identity is on the run. He is hiding from the government, which is intolerant of his ideas.
He hides among the poor and tries to learn their thinking about the government. He discusses with them some of the challenges they face at the time. This includes:poverty, unemployment, illiteracy, war etc.
This book is deeply philosophical ...more
In many ways, this ...more
Thsi background in mind makes the book very interesting. It is a story of a leftist who returns ...more
At first blush Bread and Wine seems to be a thoughtfully approving portrait of a young revolutionary, Pietro Spina, in Mussolini's Italy. Spina's life is much like that of the author: staunchly anti-fascist, forced to live in exile, flirtation with communism, eventual embrace of a non-communistic revolutionary socialism. So of course the author would view his principal character with affection. And he does. He draws a stark contrast between the pure resolve of Spina and the "go along to get...more
This is a book of all, what we believe in. You do not need to share the political view of the heroes to enjoy the book. You could see them as people who believe in change and try to change. A story of real people who still know how to make their own wine and their own bread.
The idea of an alienated ex-religious believer living as a disguised priest has a lot of potential. The author taps some of this, as the "priest" very ...more
The principal character, Pietro Spina or Paulo Spada reflects Silone himself, rejecting Stalinist Communist Party dogma but embracing socialist idealism, criticizing the Church, uncomfortable at first in his ecclesiastic disguise, but eventually warming to it. Silone was an outspoken critic of fascism, but ...more
but-- silone's work was some of the most popular of its time, and in subject matter alone it's an admirable text. i read this hoping to spark the revolutionary inside me, but what was really outstanding, however, was the ...more
Even more intriguing is that it appears that Ignazio Silone himself was a police informer for the Secret Police from 1920 to 1930 approx. A scene in the ...more
What is life all about? Is there a God? What can you do when your
country is fired up to go to war and you oppose it? Although set in the 1930's, it still relevant today.