Tuesday, 6 June 2000

Giovanni Guareschi: Don Camillo and the Devil (1957)

Translation: Frances Frenaye, 1957
Edition: Gollancz, 1957
Review number: 520

More of the same in another sequel to The Little World of Don Camillo. These stories lack much of the freshness of the earlier ones, and the political message has slightly changed from being anti-Communist to the idea that there are more important things than politics. These stories were written about the time of the Hungarian uprising, which may have had something to do with this. I think these are the last short stories about Don Camillo and Peppone, the only other book being the novel Comrade Don Camillo. The Italian political scene had left them behind, and the reason for their existence had gone.

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