A classic of twentieth century Italian literature


Ignazio Silone, translated from the Italian by Gwenda David and Eric Mosbacher


Methuen, London, 1938

Printing Details

Fourth edition, hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 250pp.

Fontamara is a classic of twentieth century Italian literature. First published in 1933, Fontamara describes the sufferings of the peasants, the cafoni, still living under feudalism and further burdened under the new fascist regime of Mussolini. The themes embrace politics and religion, revolution and mysticism and question such Italian problems as regionalism, the clash of ideologies and the ways of portraying them in literary form. The form of the narrative itself is an experiment in getting across a vital message in a fraught time.


The book is in good sound condition, with some spotted foxing to the page edges. The dustwrapper is a little chipped to the edges and folds, and has had a price sticker removed from the spine which covered the original printed price.



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