Corrado Alvaro

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Alvaro, Corrado


Born Apr. 15, 1895, in San Luca; died June 11, 1956, in Rome. Italian writer.

A participant in World War I, Alvaro published his first book, Poetry in Khaki, a collection of verse, in 1917. His best work is the novella People From Aspromonte (1930), a realistic depiction of peasant life in Calabria during the Italian Fascist regime. The novel Brief Youth (1946) is marked by refined psychology, and the book Almost All My Life (1954) is the writer’s diary from the years 1927–47.


Settantaeinque racconti. Milan, 1955.
In Russian translation:
Revnost’ i drugie rasskazy. Moscow, 1960.


Potapova, Z. M. “Realisticheskie traditsii v ital’ianskoi literature 30–kh gg.” In Zarubezhnaia literatura 30–kh gg. XX v. Moscow, 1969.
Falqui, E. Prosatori e narratori del novecento italiano. Turin, 1950.
Salinari, C. Preludio e fine del realismo in Italia. [Naples,] 1967.


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Il Mito, inteso come sostrato culturale sotteso al topos del Mediterraneo (e pertanto all'intero volume), trova tuttavia un'ulteriore elaborazione foriera di importanti sviluppi nell'intervento gia menzionato di Trinis Antonietta Messina Fajardo sul mito di Alceste e la sua ricezione nel teatro italiano contemporaneo; e poi la figura di Medea, vista da Giulia Tellini nelle eleborazioni di Corrado Alvaro, Pier Paolo Pasolini e Cari Theodor Dreyer a tenere viva la centralita della mitografia nel contesto della cultura mediterranea.
This investigation of the ways in which Italian poet soldiers represented mothers and motherhood seeks to shed light on the relationship between gender and war in earlytwentieth-century Italy by exploring the intersections and divergences between the official discourses on motherhood and the Madre-patria, represented here by D'Annuzio's "Il rinato," and the counter-discourses offered in the poetry of Ugo Betti and Corrado Alvaro.
Corrado Alvaro (1895-1956), a draftee, was badly injured at Monte Sei Busi in 1915.
1) Marinella Lizza, "Il mito di Alcesti in Alberto Savinio e Corrado Alvaro," Italian Culture 22 (2004): 47-69 (55).
His study of the memoirs of writers such as Giorgio Soavi, Corrado Alvaro and Vittorio De Caprariis reveals the "existential rout" caused by the ventennio, arguing persuasively, and often harrowingly, that "life seems to have lost meaning in the minds of these young men, and the memory of their youth ideals lay deeply buried under the devastation caused by that terrifying experience" (73)--not, then, the "parenthesis" described by Croci, but a set of traumatic events which those who experienced them would continue to re-live.
Other beneficiaries of government support included Corrado Govoni (whose son was later killed by the Nazis at the Fosse Ardeatine), Corrado Alvaro, Gianna Manzini, and Paola Masino (who was forced however, to make humiliating changes in some of her writings), plus such later left-wing militants as Alfonso Gatto, Carlo Cassola, and Mario Alicata.
Poem 8:29 is especially fascinating in its use of what the poet calls "the end of the novel about my grandmother's brother, a volunteer called Annibale Noferi," in fact an actually existing novel called Vent'-Anni, by Corrado Alvaro.