As Ignazio Silone’s novel Bread and Wine opens, Don Benedetto, a Catholic priest, is sitting outside his modest home. It is his seventy-fifth birthday, and he is . When it first appeared in , Bread and Wine stunned the world with its exposure of Italy’s fascist state, depicting that regime’s use of. Ignazio Silone’s classic novel Bread and Wine served as a moral compass to U.S. leftists seeking alternatives to both capitalism and.

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Bread and Wine

Silone was virtually unknown in Italy until after World War II, by which time he had undergone a radical spiritual transformation that is explained in a very moving essay, “Emergency Exit,” included in Richard Crossman’s The God That Failed An Italian version, Pane e vino, did not appear until It will always have a special place in my bookshelf and I would recommend it to anyone who is exploring the dimensions of the Catholic faith.

This causes Spina to become disenchanted with the doctrinaire position and he has a terrible argument with a party boss in Rome who threatens to have him kicked out of the party. Answer it truthfully if you can. Eisler did not use Silone’s text verbally, but extracted his poetry from Silone’s prose.

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It’s sufficient for one person to say no and the spell is broken. You are commenting using your Facebook account. It was first published in in a German language edition in Switzerland as Brot und Wein, and in an English translation in London later the same year. The one silond fails to conform to this teaching will be brutally punished.


May 04, Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it Shelves: It is a story of slone leftist who returns to Italy in the mid 30’s to revive resistance agains the regime just as war is declared against eithiopia. There are a lot of interesting political-philosophical considerations in the novel but the story does not exemplify these.

The man who thinks with is own mind and keeps it uncorrupted is free. I look forward to reading more of his work and commend him to anyone willing to be informed and challenged on this period silon Italian history.

He goes underground under the pose of being a catholic priest in a small village in Abruzzi.

WHY did Don Bedetto stop teaching? I am not convinced that Silone was a Fascist spy. The present black inquisition will be followed by a red inquisition. It gets more complicated. It is clear however that the author is an independent thinker who struggles with the revolutionary movement that requires conformism. In talking about the coming Communist utopia Uliva and Pietro have this exchange: In the author revised it, and it is this revised translation I read and enjoyed.

As such it offers interesting insights in how people lived an thought. In fact I think it is quite the opposite. The liberation movement revolution is “a bureaucracy in embryo.


Quotes from Bread and Wine.

I read this novel as a college student twenty years ago, and then again after my conversion to Catholicism in This book remi ds me of ‘the garden of the finzi continis’.

The first edition of Bread and Wine was written in Apr 26, Arash Moradi rated it really liked it. One of the 20th century’s essential novels depicting Fascism’s rise in Italy. Will that be technical progress? A classic wlne no wonder it was banned in Mussolini’s Italy! Through the story of the once-exiled Pietro Spina, Italy comes alive with priests and peasants, students and revolutionaries, all on the brink of war.

Even though the novel is heavily about the battle of ideas in this struggle against Fascism, like FONTAMARA, much of it is set in the countryside and once again Silone demonstrates his deep understanding of the hardships of rural life in the time of deep depression wije deprivation. Pietro is masquerading as a priest. View all 3 comments.

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