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About the Author: Elio Vittorini

Elio Vittorini (July 23, 1908 - February 12, 1966) was an Italian writer and novelist. He was a contemporary of Cesare Pavese and an influential voice in the modernist school of novel writing. His best-known work is the anti-fascist novel Conversations in Sicily, for which he was jailed when it was published in 1941. The first U.S. edition of the novel, published in 1949, included an introduction from Ernest Hemingway, whose style influenced Vittorini and that novel in particular.

Vittorini was born in Syracuse, Sicily, and throughout his childhood moved around Sicily with his father, a railroad worker. Several times he ran away from home, culminating in his leaving Sicily for good in 1924. For a brief period, he found employment as a construction worker in the Julian March, after which he moved to Florence to work as a type corrector (a line of work he abandoned in 1934 due to lead poisoning). Around 1927 his work began to be published in literary journals. In many cases, separate editions of his novels and short stories from this period, such as The Red Carnation were not published until after World War II, due to fascist censorship. In 1937, he was expelled from the Fascist Party for writing in support of the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War.

In 1939 he moved once again, this time to Milan. An anthology of American literature which he edited was, once more, delayed by censorship. Remaining an outspoken critic of Mussolini's regime, Vittorini was arrested and jailed in 1942. He joined the Italian Communist Party and began taking an active role in the Resistance, which provided the basis for his 1945 novel Men and not Men. Also in 1945, he briefly became the editor of the Italian Communist daily L'Unità.

After the war, Vittorini chiefly concentrated on his work as editor, helping publish work by young Italians such as Calvino and Fenoglio. His last major published work of fiction during his lifetime was 1956's Erica and her Sisters. The news of the events of the Hungarian Uprising deeply shook his convictions in Communism and made him decide to largely abandon writing, leaving unfinished work which was to be published in unedited form posthumously. For the remainder of his life, Vittorini continued in his post as an editor. He also ran a candidate on a PSI list. He died in Milan in 1966.


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Hardcover, Published in Jan 1970 by Minúscula

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788495587015

Page count: 104

Vittorini escribió esta obra —publicada en 1932 con el título de Viaje a Cerdeña, que luego cambió— tras recibir la invitación de la revista Italia Letteraria para visitar la isla con otros jóvenes escritores. La fascinación que Cerdeña ejerce en el autor se refleja en estas páginas de rara intensidad, donde el entusiasmo por el paisaje y su gente alienta también una visión crítica de la sociedad sarda, y deja aflorar una meditación acerca de cómo conciliar tradición y progreso en la búsqueda de la felicidad. Pocas veces, además, se ha logrado transmitir con tanto acierto cómo la temporalidad del viaje tiñe la mirada del viajero: la euforia del principio, las sucesivas posibilidades de una «maravillosa existencia», la inevitable melancolía en las últimas etapas... y de qué manera la «realidad del viaje» solo se deja poseer como una «vida inolvidable»: como una infancia.

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