Fontamara

by Ignazio Silone | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
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Registered by joaquimponte of Lisboa - Lumiar , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on 4/29/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by joaquimponte from Lisboa - Lumiar , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, April 29, 2016
This novel was written by the Italian author Ignazio Silone, when he was a refugee from the Fascist Police in Davos, Switzerland.

It is Silone's first novel and is regarded as his most famous work. It received worldwide acclaim and sold more than a million and a half copies in twenty-seven languages. Fontamara is a fictional small rural village in Marsica in the Abruzzo region. The people (the Fontamaresi) are poor and the village is very remote to the extent that the citizens are unaware of world events such as the rise of Fascism. There is a tremendous gap between the ‘’cafoni’’ (peasants) who populate ‘’Fontamara’’ and those who live in the city. The Fontamaresi work the Earth to survive, turn to emigration as a means of economic improvement and are ignorant to events happening outside of their town. They are cut off from the rest of Italy and thus unaffected by modernity and new technology. The Impresario is a stark contrast to the Fontamaresi, who have laboured for centuries to little avail, as he quickly became the richest man in the region and embodies the power, authority and immorality of the Fascists. The Fontamaresi are exploited due to their naïvety and ignorance, the women are raped by the squadristi (a group of Fascists), Berardo Viola makes the ultimate sacrifice to allow the continued distribution of clandestine texts to spread the word about socialism and encourage rebellion against Fascism and at the end the majority of the population are killed at the hands of the Government.

As with many rural novels, Fontamara discusses the various seasons, and seasonal duties, such as the grape harvest in the vineyards. It is a choral novel and it focuses on the lives and points of view of the peasants of Fontamara, deprived of hope and yet unyielding and determined, demonstrating solidarity amongst the lower classes and the inequality of wealth between the agricultural workers and professional classes.

Journal Entry 2 by joaquimponte at Lisboa - Lumiar , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, May 06, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (5/6/2016 UTC) at Lisboa - Lumiar , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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Enviado para a Pequete como "aperitivo" no decurso da BookBox virtual da Primavera. Fiquei contente com esta escolha. Este livro provem de uma pessoa especial , um leitor ávido e que já não está entre nós. espero que gostes..

Journal Entry 3 by Pequete at Bragança, Bragança Portugal on Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Chegou hoje, juntamente com mais dois livros que escolhi ba BBox. Mas este é decididamente o mais bonito, uma edição de capa mole dos anos sessenta, com os bordos das folhas pintados de verde e uma capa com uma bela pintura de uma aldeia que, imagino, represente Fontamara. Obrigada, joaquimponte, vai ser lido em breve (espero) e tratado com o carinho que merece.

Journal Entry 4 by Pequete at Bragança, Bragança Portugal on Sunday, September 24, 2017
Um pouco na linha d' As Vinhas da Ira, pelo tema, mas uma história mais simples, neste caso. Acho que gostava de ter lido o livro no original, embora isso fosse uma impossibilidade, porque não sei italiano... A tradução inglesa pareceu-me usar uma linguagem por vezes demasiado simples, a lembrar aquelas edições para estudantes. Ainda assim, gostei muito, embora suspeite que teria gostado ainda mais, se pudesse ter lido o livro original.
Obrigada pela partilha, joaquimponte. O livro fica agora disponível para novos leitores.

Journal Entry 5 by Pequete at -- Por correio / mão própria --, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Released 1 yr ago (11/5/2019 UTC) at -- Por correio / mão própria --, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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It is autumn book cleaning season. This book was sent to maria-nunes, I hope you enjoy it.

Journal Entry 6 by Maria-Nunes at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, November 07, 2019
It's already with me!
Thanks :-)

Journal Entry 7 by Maria-Nunes at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Amei este pequeno (embora a história relatada seja muito, muito cruel)
I really loved this book, though the story is very dramatic and sad.

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