#NonFicNov week 4 Reads Like Fiction
- Author: Carlo Levi (1902-1975)
- Title: Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year
- Published: 1945 (275 pg)
- Genre: memoir
- Trivia: Matera (setting book)
- Some of the scenes from Mel Gibson’s
- …Passion of the Christ were filmed here.
- List of Challenges 2018
- Monthly plan
- Non-Fiction Reading List
Week 4: (Nov. 19 to 23) – Reads Like Fiction (Rennie @ What’s Nonfiction): Nonfiction books often get praised for how they stack up to fiction. Does it matter to you whether nonfiction reads like a novel? If it does, what gives it that fiction-like feeling? Does it depend on the topic, the writing, the use of certain literary elements and techniques?
- I have selected Christ Stopped at Eboli
- …which is rarely seen on reading lists.
- What gives this book it that fiction-like feeling?
- Top-notch writing….absolutely breathtaking!
- Every Italian schooled in Italy has read
- …Carlo Levi’s book Christ Stopped at Eboli.
- Eboli is a town just south of Salerno in Southern Italy.
- Once you go south past Amalfi, you enter the REAL Italy.
- Carlo Levi was a doctor, a writer and painter who originally
- …lived in Turin in the northern province of Piedmont.
- He was an outspoken opponent to the creeping Fascism.
- Because he was not quiet about his beliefs,
- Levi was sent into exile for two years to a tiny southern Italian hill town
- …in the southern province of Lucania called Aliano.
Why was this book so important in 1940s?
- Levi’s writings went on to shed light on what was later called the Shame of Italy.
- The Shame of Italy was the fact that the
- …people of the nearby hill town of Matera lived in abject squalor.
- Levi’s book caused an uproar
- The people of Matera were moved out and into government built houses.
- They were provided food and medicine.
What does the title mean?
- Locals told Levi that “Cristo si e Fermata A Eboli”.
- Christ stopped at Eboli, north of them and
- ….not even Christ himself had cared to come this far south.
- This is an account of anti-fascist Carlo Levi’s exile
- 1935-1936 in the peasant village of Aliano.
- In the book the name is changed to Gagliano.
- Strong point: Top-notch quality writing.
- For example Carlo Levi describes Gagliano:
- “…I had a feeling of disgust for the clinging contact
- of the ridiculous spider web of their daily life
- …dust-covered skein of self-interest.”
- But at the end of the book Carlo Levi had difficulty leaving Gagliano.
- This book is a gem
- …but it has fallen between the cracks!
- It is on my list of TOP-10 books of 2018!
- #MustRead….you will not be disappointed!