Ignazio Silone

Ignazio Silone (ēnyä´tsyō sēlō´nā), 1900–1978, Italian novelist and journalist, whose original name was Secondo Tranquilli. A Socialist and for a time a Communist, he broke with Stalin and supported Trotsky in the late 1920s and thereafter, devoting his writings to attacking Fascism and promoting Socialism without sacrificing human and literary values to his thesis. He fled Italy in 1931, and, after living in Switzerland, he returned to his native country in 1944 to become editor of the newspaper Avanti. His novel Fontamara (1933, tr., 1934) was rewritten after World War II to reflect his matured political thought; an English translation of the second version appeared in 1960. Silone's other works include Pane e vino (1937, tr. Bread and Wine, 1962); La scuola dei dittatori (1938; tr. The School for Dictators, 1938); The Living Thoughts of Mazzini (tr. 1939); Il seme sotto la neve (1940; tr. The Seed beneath the Snow, 1942); Uscita di sicurezza (1951; tr. Emergency Exit, 1968); and L'avventura d'un povero cristiano (1968; tr. The Story of a Humble Christian, 1970). Silone contributed critical and political articles to various periodicals.

See biography by S. G. Pugliese 2009).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

The Fox and the Camellias
Eric Mosbacher; Ignazio Silone.
Harper & Brothers, 1961
The Power of the Story: Fiction and Political Change
Michael Hanne.
Berghahn Books, 1994 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Ignazio Silone: 'Fontamara' (1933)"
Rehearsals of Discomposure: Alienation and Reconciliation in Modern Literature: Franz Kafka, Ignazio Silone, D. H. Lawrence [And] T. S. Eliot
Nathan A. Scott Jr.
King's Crown Press, 1952
Librarian’s tip: "Ignazio Silone: Novelist of the Revolutionary Sensibility" begins on p. 66
Dictionary of Italian Literature
Peter Bondanella; Julia Conaway Bondanella; Jody Robin Shiffman.
Greenwood Press, 1996 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Silone, Ignazio" begins on p. 545
105 Greatest Living Authors Present the World's Best Stories, Humor, Drama, Biography, History, Essays, Poetry
Whit Burnett.
Dial Press, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Ignazio Silone" begins on p. 919
Politics and the Novel
Irving Howe.
Horizon Press, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Malraux, Silone, Koestler: The Twentieth Century"
Il Caso Silone
McDonald, Michael P.
The National Interest, Fall 2001
The Exemplar: Ignazio Silone
Pryce-Jones, David.
New Criterion, Vol. 20, No. 1, September 2001
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