Pietro Ingrao

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Ingrao, Pietro


Born Mar. 30, 1915, in Lenola, near Rome. Participant in the Italian workers’ movement, leader of the Italian Communist Party (ICP).

Ingrao, the son of an office worker, graduated from the faculties of law and philology at the University of Rome. In 1940 he joined the Communist Party, becoming one of the principal leaders of the underground Communist groups in Rome. From 1947 to 1957 he was the editor in chief of the Roman edition of the newspaper L’Unita. In 1951, Ingrao was elected to serve on the governing body of the Communist Party. In 1966 he became a member of the Politburo of the ICP. Since 1948, he has been a deputy at all convocations of the parliament of the republic of Italy. From 1968 to 1972, Ingrao was the chairman of the Communist faction in the Chamber of Deputies.

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E nei volti della gente dell'Agro Pontino che Arbasino nota appieno la differenza generazionale, la dove i vecchi sembrano Pietro Ingrao e i giovani si vestono e si atteggiano imitando i divi della televisione.
The book's title was unwittingly bequeathed to Magri by the doyen of the PCI left, Pietro Ingrao, who in the debate on the party's future recalled Brecht's poem, or parable, about a 16th-century tailor who plummeted to his death from a church tower after being challenged to prove his claim to have invented a flying machine: The bells ring out in praise That man is not a bird It was a wicked, foolish lie, Mankind will never fly, Said the Bishop to the People.
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The single racconti or novelle (to use genre designations with an illustrious ascendancy in Italian literature) have as their subjects the colorless, faded lives of lonely housewives, abandoned women, emotionally neglected children, of the deformed and maladjusted, the unemployed and the homeless: "Gli incolori" and "I semplici deserti," Sereni calls them with words taken from a liminal poem by Pietro Ingrao, another important Italian Communist Party member.
It was the third evening of the congress, March 9, that brought its undoubted climax, with a standing ovation for Pietro Ingrao, leader of the party's opposition.
But the most eagerly awaited spokesman for the No was Pietro Ingrao, the veteran leader of the party's left wing.