Carlo Levi


Biography of Carlo Levi

Dr. Carlo Levi (November 29, 1902 – January 4, 1975) was an Italian-Jewish painter, writer, activist, anti-fascist, and doctor.

He is best known for his book Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Christ Stopped at Eboli), published in 1945, a memoir of his time spent in exile in Lucania, Italy, after being arrested in connection with his political activism. In 1979, the book became the basis of a movie of the same name, directed by Francesco Rosi. Lucania, now called Basilicata, was historically one of the poorest and most backward regions of the impoverished Italian south. Levi's lucid, non-ideological and sympathetic description of the daily hardships experienced by the local peasants helped to propel the "Problem of the South" into national discourse after the end of the World War II.

Carlo Levi's Works:

Paura della pittura (1942)
Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (Einaudi, 1945)
Paura della libertà (1946)
L'orologio (Einaudi, 1950)
Le parole sono pietre (Einaudi, 1955)
II futuro ha un cuore antico (Einaudi, 1956; won the Premio Viareggio)
La doppia notte dei tigli (Einaudi, 1959)
Un volto che ci somiglia (Ritratto dell'Italia) (Einaudi, 1960)
Tutto il miele è finito (Einaudi, 1964)
Quaderno a cancelli (Einaudi, 1979; published posthumously)
Coraggio dei miti (Scrìtti contemporanei 1922-1974) (De Donato, 1975; published posthumously)
Carlo Levi inedito: con 40 disegni della cecità, Donato Sperduto (ed.), Edizioni Spes, Milazzo, 2002.

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