Fontamara Author:Ignazio Silone Interesting 1961 pulp edition: — Nothing ever changed in Fontamara. In this obscure Italian village, like so many others, all that's universal ?birth and death, love and hate, jealousy and desperation? carried on. In the spring, the peasants sowed their grain; in the fall, they reaped the harvest. — Nothing ever changed in Fontamara until a series... more » of unforseen and incomprehensible events upset the life that had been stagnant from time immemorial.
Nothing ever changed in Fontamara until suddenly the water supply was cut off while the fountains of Rome overflowed; suddenly the streets of Fontamara were filled with black-shirted soldiers who plundered, raped and ruined.
And one man, Berardo Viola, answered his brothers' cry: "What can we do?"« less