A Handful of Blackberries, by Ignazio Silone
More than ten years ago Ignazio Silone wrote that “a society is renewed . . . when its humblest element acquires a value. Today the Living is to be found among the Negroes, in the Polish ghettoes, among the Chinese coolies, among the peons, among the cafoni, among the proletarians.” In this list it is of course the cafoni, or poor Italian peasants, to whom Silone the novelist has consistently turned, like one of his own heroes seeking his inspiration from that perennial source. A Handful of Blackberries is no exception.
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