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Ignazio Silone : beyond the tragic vision
Paynter, Maria Nicolai.
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Publication Information:
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, [2000]

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x, 287 pages ; 24 cm.
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Includes rev. and updated parts of the author's thesis (Ph. D.--University of Toronto, 1989) presented under the title: Symbolism and irony in Silone's narrative works.

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Ignazio Silone, the internationally-known writer and journalist, strugggled indomnitably for social justice. In this text, Maria Nicolai Paynter discusses the main controversial issues relating to Silone and his writing.

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Unjustly neglected since his death in 1978, even in Italy, the socialist novelist, short-story writer, and journalist Ignazio Silone is currently the object of renewed critical interest on both sides of the Atlantic. This first comprehensive English-language study of his works should help to advance the process of rediscovery. Paynter (Hunter College, CUNY) offers a brief biographical sketch (though--perhaps regrettably--avoiding any extensive engagement with the recent headline-making scandals involving allegations that Silone was a Fascist informer), followed by detailed examination of his entire literary output. The works are grouped by genre (autobiographical writings and essays, short stories, "the novels of exile," "the post-exile novels," and plays), and the analysis is heavily indebted to the theories of Northrop Frye. An interesting survey of Silone's critical reception since 1933 concludes the volume. Paynter sometimes seems too closely wedded to her chosen analytical scheme, and her writing tends toward the pedestrian, but English-speaking readers will find this a useful introduction to an important 20th-century Italian writer. For libraries collecting European literature in translation for the use of upper-division undergraduates through faculty. S. Botterill; University of California, Berkeley