Elio Vittorini

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Vittorini, Elio


Born July 27, 1908, in Syracuse, Sicily; died Feb. 12, 1966, in Milan. Italian writer.

Vittorini’s first collection of short stories, The Petite Bourgeoisie (1931), clearly expresses elements of antifascist political satire. In his best book, Conversation in Sicily (1941), an allegorical protest against the military adventures and demagoguery of fascism is interwoven with a description of the actual life and misery of the Sicilian peasantry. The novel Good and Bad People (1945; Russian translation, 1969) is devoted to the epic of the Resistance.

Vittorini’s postwar works, including The Women of Messina (1949) and Erika and Her Brothers (1956), describe the hard life and moral courage of the Italian poor. Diary Open to the Public (1957) is a collection of his publicistic articles from 1929 to 1956. Vittorini’s works and his activity as a journalist had an influence on the development of postwar realist prose in Italy.


Il Sempione strizza I’occhio al Frejus. Milan, 1947.
Erica e i suoi fratelli: La Garibaldina. Milan, 1956.
Il garofano rosso. [Verona] 1958-Conversazione in Sicilia. [Turin] 1966.
Cittá del mondo. Turin, 1969.
In Russian translation:
“Erika,” Inostrannaia literatura, 1960, no. 9.
“Moia voina.” In Ital’ianskaia novella XX veka. Moscow, 1969.


Potapova, Z. M. “Realisticheskie traditsii v ital’ianskoi literature 30-kh godov.” In Zarubezhnaia literatura v 30-e gody XX veka. Moscow, 1969.
Addamo, S. Vittorini e la narrativa siciliana contemporanea. Caltanisseta-Rome [1962].
Salinari, C. Preludio e fine del realismo in Italia. Naples, 1967.
Calvino, I. Vittorini: Progettazione e letteratura. Milan, 1968.
Heiney, D. Three Italian Novelists: Moravia, Pavese, Vittorini. Ann Arbor [1968].


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Includes Giovanni Arpino, Giuseppe Bonaviri, Vitaliano Brancati, Gesualdo Bufalino, Dino Buzzati, Italo Calvino, Carlo Cassola, Umberto Eco, Beppe Fenoglio, Carlo Emilio Gadda, Natalia Ginzburg, Raffaele La Capria, Tommaso Landolfi, Luigi Malerba, Alberto Moravia, Anna Maria Ortese, Goffredo Parise, Giuseppe Pontiggia, Vasco Pratolini, Francesca Sanvitale, Leonardo Sciascia, Carlo Sgorlon, Mario Soldati, Antonio Tabucchi, Mario Tobino, and Elio Vittorini.
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The language of I fatti is richer in dialect forms, so much so that Elio Vittorini, who published 100 pages of it in the literary magazine Menabo, added a Sicilian-Italian glossary to help the reader with comprehension.
Screenplay, Straub, based on the novel by Elio Vittorini. Camera (color), Renato Berto, Jean-Paul Toraille, Marion Befve; editors, Huillet, Straub; sound (Dolby SR), Jean-Pierre Duret, Dimitri Haulet.
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