Bread and Wine
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By Ignazio Silone
Bread and Wine, the second novel in Ignazio Silone’s celebrated Abruzzo Trilogy and widely recognized as his masterpiece, portrays the return of Pietro Spina to his homeland of Abruzzo after over a decade in exile. Disguised as the priest Don Paolo Spada, Spina seeks to evade capture by the fascist police and assumes the mantle of leadership for the cafoni’s rebellion against the regime. Capturing both the intricacies and the simplicities of the human heart against the backdrop of an ordinary Italian village during the reign of Mussolini, Bread and Wine is a stirring, deeply serious novel that stands as an achievement of aesthetic maturity.
"The time always comes when the young find that the bread and wine of their home have lost their flavor and they look elsewhere for their nourishment."
Ignazio Silone (1900–1978) was an Italian political leader and novelist. Achieving worldwide recognition during World War II for his forthright anti-Fascist novels, Silone received numerous awards over the course of his career, including the Premio Campiello, the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, and the Jerusalem Prize, and was nominated ten times for the Nobel Prize for Literature.