Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone
A founding member of the Italian Communist Party, Ignazio Silone (1900-78) is the subject of this compelling new biography. Expelled from the PCI, Silone went on to become one of the major figures of twentieth-century European literature. His first book, Fontamara, was the most influential and translated work of antifascism in the 1930s. In World War II the United States Army printed unauthorized versions of it, along with Silone's Bread and Wine, and distributed them throughout Italy during the country's Nazi occupation. During the cold war, he was an outspoken opponent of Soviet oppression and was twice considered for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Twenty years after his death, Silone was the object of controversy when reports arose that he had been an informant for the Fascist police. Stanislao G. Pugliese's biography, by far the most comprehensive work on Silone and the first full-length biography to be published in English, evaluates all the evidence and paints a portrait of a complex figure whose life and work bear themes with contemporary relevance and resonance. Bitter Spring is a memorable biography of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers against totalitarianism in all its forms set amid one of the most troubled moments in modern history.
by : Stanislao G. Pugliese