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Author: Ernest Hemingway,Alane Salierno Mason,Elio Vittorini
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Title: Conversations in Sicily
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Conversations in Sicily by Ernest Hemingway,Alane Salierno Mason,Elio Vittorini



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Conversations in Sicily holds a special place in the annals of literature. It stands as a modern classic not only for its powerful thematic resonance as one of the great novels of Italian anti-fascism but also as a trailblazer for its style, which blends literary modernism with the pre-modern fable in a prose of lyric beauty. Comparing Vittorini's work to Picasso's, Italo Calvino described Conversations as "the book-Guernica. In the introduction Hemingway wrote for the American debut of Conversations (published as In Sicily by New Directions in 1949) he remarked: "I care very much about Vittorini's ability to bring rain with him when he comes, if the earth is dry and that is what you need. adds a new artistic dimension to the history of literature.

Comparing Vittorini's work to Picasso's, Italo Calvino described Conversations as "the book-Guernica. The novel begins at It stands as a modern classic not only for its powerful thematic resonance as one of the great novels of Italian anti-fascism but also as a trailblazer for its style, which blends literary modernism with the pre-modern fable in a prose of lyric beauty. It's not hard to see why Ernest Hemingway, who contributes a brief introduction, was attracted to its bleak, almost magical economy. Moreover, it has filled out the Sicilian landscape for me that I was already in part familiar with from the work of Leonardo Sciascia and Giovanni Verga. One of the great books of life.

Ernest Hemingway thought Elio Vittorini was the business. One of the very best,' he wrote in his foreword to the first English translation of Conversations in 1949, a book made of 'knowledge, experience, wine, bread, oil'. Conversations in Sicily is an extraordinary book, not least for the way it acts as a mighty reminder of the power of modernism, the world, as William Carlos Williams wrote, of 'no ideas but in things'.

Conversazione in Sicilia is a novel by the Italian author Elio Vittorini. It originally appeared in serial form in the literary magazine Letteratura in 1938–1939, and was first published in book form under the title Nome e Lagrime in 1941. The story concerns Silvestro Ferrauto and his return to Sicily after a long absence. Major themes of the work are detachment, poverty, exploitation and marital fidelity and respect.

Elio Vittorini was born in Siracusa, Sicily in 1908. An acclaimed translator (Defoe, Faulkner, Lawrence, Steinbeck and Somerset Maugham) and broadcaster and activist all his life, it wasn’t until 1941 that Conversations in Sicily first appeared. A highly outspoken critic of Mussolini and his fascist government,Vittorini was arrested and jailed in 1942.

Comparing Vittorini’s work to Picasso’s, Italo Calvino described Conversations as the book-Guernica. In the introduction Hemingway wrote for the American debut of Conversations (published as In Sicily by New Directions in 1949) he remarked: I care very much about Vittorini’s ability to bring rain with him when he comes, if the earth is dry and that is what you need. More recently, American critic Donald Heiney wrote that in this one book, Vittorini like Rabelais and Cervante. dds a new artistic dimension to the history of literature.

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Conversations in Sicily holds a special place in the annals of literature.

It stands as a modern classic not only for its powerful thematic resonance as one of the great novels of Italian anti-fascism but also as a trailblazer for its style, which blends literary modernism with the pre-modern fable in a prose of lyric beauty. Comparing Vittorini's work to Picasso's, Italo Calvino described Conversations as "the book-Guernica." The novel begins at a time in the narrator's life when nothing seems to matter; whether he is reading newspaper posters blaring of wartime massacres, lying in bed with his wife or girlfriend, or flipping through the pages of a dictionary it is all the same to him―until he embarks on a journey back to Sicily, the home he has not seen in some fifteen years. In traveling through the Sicilian countryside and in variously hilarious and tragic conversations with its people―his indomitable mother in particular―he reconnects with his roots and rediscovers some basic human values. In the introduction Hemingway wrote for the American debut of Conversations (published as In Sicily by New Directions in 1949) he remarked: "I care very much about Vittorini's ability to bring rain with him when he comes, if the earth is dry and that is what you need." More recently, American critic Donald Heiney wrote that in this one book, Vittorini "like Rabelais and Cervantes...adds a new artistic dimension to the history of literature."
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sergant
If you have an appreciation and understanding for the history of Sicily, it's poverty, it's habits, it's tragedy.......then you will find humor, insight, and comfort in this simple but brilliant book.

The author is honest, forward, and beautifully uncompromising. Admittedly, there is a little "magic lost" in the translated version, but nonetheless, this is a book about Sicily and it's people told by a Sicilian, and brought to life by the simple, everyday perspectives and habits of Sicilians.

In some ways, this book defines the heartbeat and simplicity of Sicily and it's people without over saturating the reader with historical context, academic background, and mafia stories. This book is just about simple people, simple perspectives, simple emotion, and a simple island. If you can appreciate that, then this is a beautiful, honest, and capable story.
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Elio Vittorini’s CONVERSATIONS IN SICILY is a quiet novel It was written a lifetime ago, at the end of the 1930s, in Northern Italy, although the story takes place in Sicily—takes place on a ferry crossing, a train ride, and then up to and around a hill town above Syracuse. It also takes place almost entirely in the mind of the narrator, Silvestro Ferrauto.

This is not to say there are no actual conversations. Silvestro shares a few words with people he encounters on his journey, a pitiful old man from whom he buys an orange he doesn’t want. He brushes against others including a pair who may be secret police or a vaudeville act. Home, he speaks with and also interrogates his mother Concezione. The formidable Concezione, who, after a 15-year separation greets her son by asking, “But what the devil brought you here?”

Later, he will converse with a knife sharpener, a saddle maker, a cloth merchant all of whom he follows into a bar. Together they form a comic if solemn confraternity who drink to the “wrongs of the world.” It is not a trivial concern. Who has not wronged the world and who has not been wronged?

These scenes are among the saddest in the book. Leaving the bar, Silvano finds himself in the village graveyard where he is engaged in another conversation, one with ghost who is no stranger. The scene at the bar could be read as an absurdist aside within the story; Silvestro’s companions would not seem out of character if they were wearing grease paint, but I think that would be a mistake. Vittorini seems to argue, one can run but one can’t hide.

Silvestro, like Vittorini, was first a runaway and then an exile. In the book’s telling, Silvestro who left home at 15 returns only after receiving a letter from his father who urges him to see his mother on her name day. A father who is no paterfamilias and so a man with no authority. A father who himself left home but whom we catch a glimpse of at the book’s end.

Before the Silvestro begins his journey his anomie is conspicuous. He is detached from his work, girlfriend and from the events of the day. The visit home is not suggested as an antidote to anything, nor is it an obligation, but rather an inevitability. Home is both the beginning and the end.

In CONVERSATIONS, Vittorini’s political views are, of necessity, disguised. If the reader is of a mind he or she can locate antifascist commentary. I suggest Vittorini’s politics are of no consequence. The story of the boy/man returning home is as old as Homer or the parable of the Prodigal Son. As for anomie, it is simply a condition of modernity.

Silvestro is not Every Man, he is No Man. His ability to turn this way or that is less evidence of volition than being on edge and off balance. Silvestro’s sudden departure is merely a fact, like the price of a train ticket. The man is only another traveler "with no direction home."
Dianazius
In preparation for a vacation to Sicily, I have just read Elio Vittorini’s "Conversations In Sicily." The book is a moderately sized, moderately interesting depiction of conditions and people in a Sicilian village in the late 1930’s.

This is Vittorini’s first book, written roughly at the time when he was expelled from the Italian Fascist Party for defending the Spanish Republic (Mussolini of course sided with and provided crucial support to Franco). Later Vittorini would be jailed, then become a Communist, and still later break with the Communists.

"Conversations In Sicily" depicts the thirty year old protagonist returning to his impoverished natal Sicilian village. Arriving on his mother’s birthday, it is the first time that they have seen one another in fifteen years. A long account of his childhood and his mother’s current village life is followed by a depiction of several other aspects of family and village life, a visit to a cemetery where he interacts with the spirit of his brother (presumably slain during Italy’s Second Ethiopian war), and concludes with the entire village gathered at a statue for the fallen. As Ernest Hemingway notes in his short introduction, prospective readers must be sensitive to the time and circumstances in which the book was written. With the need to pass Italian Fascist censorship, many things are either not said or said only via indirection and hints.

While I personally am glad to have read this book, others might not share my reaction. The work was appropriate to a certain time and to certain circumstances. Appreciating "Conversations In Sicily" requires understanding the novel's historic conditions and circumstances.

Far better books by other writers exist covering much of the same territory as "Conversations In Sicily." For Sicily, read di Lampedusa’s masterpiece "The Leopard" (covering the period from the Risorgimento to the late 19th century). For depictions of peasant and village life under Mussolini, read Carlo Levi’s "Christ Stopped At Eboli" and Ignazio Silone’s "Bread and Wine." All three are great, moving works which may resonate for decades in an attentive reader. They have with me.