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نان و شراب

(The Abruzzo Cycle #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,134 ratings  ·  176 reviews
نان و شراب، داستانِ ایثار است؛ داستانِ تکرار آنفدیهی آسمانی است که عیسا مسیح بود، – و پیشاز مصلوب شدن– در آخرین شام با حواریون، تن و خونِ خود را عرضه کرد و گفت: بخورید و بیاشامید، این نانِ من است و این شراب ِ من است. سپس "نان و شراب" تکرار همان ماجراست ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published 1983 by امیرکبیر (first published 1936)
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Jim Fonseca
I think this book sets a personal record for me: I finally read it after it had been on my TBR shelf for more than 40 years!

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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Brot und Wein = Pane e vino = Bread and Wine (The Abruzzo Cycle #1), Ignazio Silone
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
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Dhanaraj Rajan
First Admission:

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.
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M.L. Rio
I can't fully articulate why I found this book so captivating, but the guilt-ridden lapsed Italian Catholic and insufferable leftist intellectual at war in me are both obsessed with it for completely opposite but probably equally unhealthy reasons. Anyway.

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
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Jane
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Fascist Italy, a Socialist man recently returned from exile, in order to evade the law, is disguised as a priest--as an ecclesiastic he will have immunity from persecution-- and lives among the peasants of the Abruzzi. The novel chronicles his adventures, both funny and tragic and we are exposed to the peasantry. We see his growth as a human being. The ending was a shocker! The title could refer to the elements in the Mass or to the common food of the people.

Highly recommended and just as
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Stef Smulders
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three and a half stars really for this novel. A bit weird. It is best read as a collection of impressions of life in the countryside early 20th century, under the fascist regime. As such it offers interesting insights in how people lived an thought. Sometimes the difference with the actual state of affairs in Italy is not large ... I am not clear what the author really wanted to convey as a message. There are a lot of interesting political-philosophical considerations in the novel but the story ...more
Felek
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read many good books, but only a handful touched my heart in the end, Bread and Wine moved me deeply and the ending left me so shocked.
Bryn Hammond
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A socialist on the run in fascist Italy. Disguised as a priest among the peasants. I liked the religiosity that saturated this view of politics, as the socialist aspires to be a saint and other martyrs suffer their fate at the hands of the government. Particularly vivid on Italy’s war in Africa (we don’t see this war, just the recruitment), with the gathering of voices of those who must or want to be its foot-soldiers, and one anti-war slogan scrawled on a wall is a big event in the plot. A ...more
Jonfaith
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this one in 1994 or so, prompted by Silone's associations with postwar French thinkers and the usual rot which attracts pseuds in their early twenties. I recall the crowd scene rather vividly as well as the author's afterward where he recalls encountering soemone reading his book while travelling on a train.
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma
This book remi ds me of 'the garden of the finzi continis'. The book is based in italy.

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
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Ali
Mar 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Murica (Fontamara); Revolution is not a try for removing lonliness, but a try to stay together and not fear”.
در مورد آثار ایناتسیو سیلونه، لطفن اینجا را بخوانید؛
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Jim
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, italy
For some reason I have never been able to determine, the fiction of Italy, Spain, and Portugal have been, as it were, swept under the carpet. Reading Ignazio Silone's Bread and Wine, I think perhaps the reason is that all three are priest-haunted countries that wear their Catholicism on their sleeves. In fact, in Bread and Wine, the hero, one Pietro Spina, a Communist, is disguised as a priest named Father Paolo Spada, who is in hiding among the peasants of his native Abruzzi.

In many ways, this
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Bap
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, fiction
I an going on a limb here but this book is very good. Written in 1936 by an anti fascist writer who also had the good sense to break with Stalin in the early 30's. He has been compared to the Italian Orwell. It gets more complicated. It has been recently revealed that he also was a police informer for the fascists, providing information leading to the arrest of many left wing opponents of the regime.

Thsi background in mind makes the book very interesting. It is a story of a leftist who returns
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Karen
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy
I don't know how to characterize this book succinctly. Set in 1930's Italy under Fascism, a revolutionary comes back from exile to try to organize his former compatriots, but because of ill health ends up hiding out in a remote village disguised as a priest. As he had studied in a Catholic school and had thought of joining the priesthood, this role has some resonance for him, but it's also uncomfortable because he has rejected religion. For such a grim setting, with such grinding poverty and ...more
Tom DeMarco
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

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Ida
Jan 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about change, about trying to change, about efforts and exhaustion, about disappointment and hope.

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.
Martin Blasco
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ignazio Silone, despite of his years in exile in France and Switzerland, due too the fascist dictatorship in Italy, was able to capture the esence of those days. Bread and Wine is a criticism of any form of totalitarism. Full of tension and surprises. Not even the mountains are a good refuge. Bravo Ignazio.
Kristina
Another college book I had to read for a history class. I liked it, but I don't think I'll ever re-read it and so it goes in the box.
Mike
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
(The following review also appears in my blog.) Bread and Wine is Ignazio Silone’s moving 1936 novel of the the Italian socialist resistance to fascism in the early twentieth century. After only recently adapting to the industrial age of the long 19th century, the agrarian proletariat found themselves confronting the challenges of an emerging global age in the years leading up to World War II. It was an era ushered in by disasters: from the natural (including devastating earthquakes in the teens ...more
James Klagge
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
A picaresque novel of a revolutionary who returns from exile by disguising himself as a priest. He moves from place to place to escape detection and work with the peasants. He gains their suspicion of all ideologies and the worth of individual relationships. There is no real plot, though the end is a surprise that didn't make a lot of sense to me.
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
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Tyler Jones
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ignazio Silone, a founding member of the Italian Communist Party and a virulent anti-fascist, was living in exile in Switzerland in the mid-1930's. Mussolini was at the height of his powers and the Italian invasion of Ethiopia was very strongly supported by a majority of his countrymen. If this wasn't discouraging enough for a man like Silone, he had also lost faith in the Communist Party as a viable alternative to fascism. Josef Stalin had begun purging the Party of his personal enemies, acting ...more
Anthony
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This for me was a 3.5 star read, but I'll round up to 4 Stars considering when it was written, 1936, a time when the events in the book were actually playing out in Mussolini’s Fascist Italy.

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
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Mark Cugini
there were a lot of things that troubled me about this book: a unreliable discourse, lack of steady point of view, confusion abouts who was the main character for the first 50 pages, and a lack of a clear narrative objective. all these factors made it a bit of a difficult read.

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
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Nicholas Beck
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely fascinating story of Pietro Spina a communist activist on the run from fascist authorities in Italy. Spina assumes priestly garb in a remote Italian village and proceeds to confront weighty political and social issues all the while attempting to come to terms with his own beliefs and attitudes to his fellow communist agitators.

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
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Ann
Jun 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justdamngood
I first read this book in my freshman seminar in college, "The Search for Meaning." From the very first time I read it, the story affected me deeply. The story is of a man who, as a result of his Marxist activities, has been exiled from Italy. However, he cannot live away from his homeland and returns disguised as a priest to a small town in the mountains. It is here that he comes to recognize that the movement to which he had dedicated himself in his earlier life had become the very thing ...more
Matthew Kunnari
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say that the plot is outstanding, but the setting, the characters, the concept are sound. A semi-communist revolutionary returns to his fascist homeland, Italy during the announcement of Italy's invasion of Ethiopia. The intriguing aspect is the contrast of beliefs examined in the novel: Pietro is communist/agnostic/former catholic disguised as a priest, living in a Catholic/mystic town, in the middle of the fascist movement and a swelling sense of social-economic divide and the ...more
Patricia
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, fiction
I had seen this book on a list of classics--now I know why!
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.
Ebrahim Rad
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
started slowly & step by step i went deep in the story and the characters. and i could never guess the end. very simple and very deep with real characters and alive story which can go and live through times.
James
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a complete classic of the 20th century.
Dafreakyone
the way totalitarian governments use fear of potential consequences to control the beliefs, ideas and actions of the masses.
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