Ignazio Silone

[Secondino Tranquilli]

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Ignazio Silone (1 May 1900 - 22 August 1978) was the pseudonym of Secondino Tranquilli, an Italian author and politician.

He was born in the town of Pescina in the Abruzzo region and lost many family members, including his mother, in the 1915 Avezzano earthquake. His father had died in 1911. Silone joined the Young Socialists group of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI), rising to be ... more »

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  • ''The final conflict will be between the Communists and the ex-Communists.''
    Ignazio Silone (1900-1978), Italian novelist, journalist. quoted in Max Lerner, "The Hero as Ex-Communist," pt. 4, The Unfinished Country (1959). ...
  • ''Fascism was a counter-revolution against a revolution that never took place.''
    Ignazio Silone (1900-1978), Italian novelist, journalist. The School for Dictators, ch. 4 (1938).
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