Now with Daesh being exposed for the fraud that it is, a time of reckoning will descend upon its supporters, a time not unlike that in the late 1940s which alienated communists - like Andre Gide, Arthur Koestler, Ignazio Silone
, Louis Fischer and Frieda Utley, along with others, who represented some of the most important writers of the century - went through, as they berated both communism and the excesses of Stalin's Great Purge and Show Trials, which involved large-scale repression, widespread police surveillance, arbitrary executions and, well, show trials of dissident intellectuals, where the judiciary authorities would've already determined the guilt of the defendant.
In "Bread and Wine,'' Ignazio Silone
wrote, "I didn't believe in God anymore, but I began to want God to exist with all my being.
It is surely just simply that artists like Orwell and the non-communist left-wing intellectuals the CCF specialised in promoting, such as Ignazio Silone
Taylor, veteran Italian antifascists from Luigi Barzini to Ignazio Silone
, the turgidity of Frank Kermode ("Old Toad, Frank Kermode," in Philip Larkin's snicker) alongside the repartee of Ken Tynan: Encounter catered for them all, and you can now look up every issue online, thanks to Unz.org.
His book Past Imperfect (1994) tried to adjust the reputations of those in the early postwar period who remained willfully blind to communism's crimes-demoting Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, for instance--while Reappraisals (2008) elevated humanistic opponents of authoritarianism (George Orwell, Albert Camus, Arthur Koestler, Ignazio Silone
Esse romance, que foi vencedor em 2007 de um dos principais premios literarios na Italia, o Premio Campiello, conquistado no passado por grandes nomes como Antonio Tabucchi, Ignazio Silone
e Primo Levi, aborda, com certo realismo fantastico, os fatos vividos pelos habitantes da pequena cidade de Grottole e arredores.
(1) Ignazio Silone
, Romanzi e saggi, volume primo, (1927-1944), a cura e con un saggio introduttivo di Bruno Falcetto, Milano, Mondadori, 1998.
(born 1900), Whittaker Chambers (1901), Malcolm Muggeridge and George Orwell (both 1903), James Burnham and Raymond Aron (both 1905)--these were the chroniclers of lost political illusions in the middle of the 20th century.
My late father, University of Oregon professor Lucian Marquis, liked to quote Italian writer Ignazio Silone
: "Never make fun of a man in jail." He was right, of course.
BITTER SPRING: A LIFE OF IGNAZIO SILONE
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