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A unique political coming of age story, now in English for the first timeAn NYRB Classics OriginalWalter Ferranini has been born and bred a man of the left. His father was a worker and an ******; Walter himself is a Communist. In the 1930s, he left Mussolini’s Italy to fight Franco in Spain. After Franco’s victory, he left Spain for exile in the United States. With the end of the war, he returned to Italy to work as a labor organizer and to build a new revolutionary order. Now, in the late 1950s, Walter is a deputy in the Italian parliament. He is not happy about it. Parliamentary proceedings are too boring for words: the Communist Party seems to be filling up with ward heelers, timeservers, and profiteers. For Walter, the political has always taken precedence over the personal, but now there seems to be no refuge for him anywhere. The puritanical party disapproves of his relationship with Nuccia, a tender, quizzical, deeply intelligent editor who is separated but not divorced, while Walter is worried about his health, haunted by his past, and increasingly troubled by knotty questions of both theory and practice. Walter is, always has been, and always will be a Communist, he has no doubt about that, and yet something has changed. Communism no longer explains the life he is living, the future he hoped for, or, perhaps most troubling of all, the life he has led.
Number of Pages: 324
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Labor, Philosophy, Soviet Union
Series Title: New York Review Books Classics
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Guido Morselli
Street Date: September 19, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-23-7061
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