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.


References in periodicals archive ?
1) Marinella Lizza, "Il mito di Alcesti in Alberto Savinio e Corrado Alvaro," Italian Culture 22 (2004): 47-69 (55).
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.