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Who was Silvestri?

Martin Clark: Ignazio Silone

9 August 2001
L'Informatore: Silone, i Comunisti e la polizia 
by Dario Biocca and Mauro Canali.
Luni, 275 pp., lire 30,000, March 2000, 88 7984 208 0
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... socialist values and as a man who had fought bravely against both Fascism and Communism. Dario Biocca and Mauro Canali’s book presents a very different picture of Silone. They claim that from 1919 until 1930 he was a police informer who passed on detailed information about, initially, the Socialist Youth Federation and, later, the Communist ...

After the Earthquake

Tim Parks: Silone and Silone

9 July 2009
Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone 
by Stanislao Pugliese.
Farrar, Straus, 426 pp., $35, June 2009, 978 0 374 11348 3
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... the reader confused and dissatisfied. Interest aroused, one is more or less obliged to turn to Dario Biocca’s Silone, La doppia vita di un italiano (2005, not available in translation); here any doubts as to Silone’s collaboration are quickly dispelled. Biocca has meticulously researched Silone’s early adult ...

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