The Abruzzo Trilogy: Bread and Wine, Fontamara, and the Seed Beneath the Snow


The classic saga of fascist Italy, in one volume for the first time. The desolate, impoverished mountain region of the Abruzzo during Mussolini’s reign provides the backdrop for the three greatest novels of Ignazio Silone, one of the century’s most important writers. Bread and Wine introduces the antifascist Pietro Spina, who pretends to be a priest but is reluctantly forced to honor the spiritual obligations of his role. The political fable Fontamara shows villagers battling landowners over water. The Seed Beneath the Snow continues Pietro Spina’s story. Together, these revolutionary works create an indelible image of ordinary people struggling against overwhelming events. “One of the most truly . . . significant writers of our time.” – The Nation