By Guido Morselli,Elizabeth McKenzie,Frederika Randall
An NYRB Classics Original
Walter Ferranini has been born and bred a guy of the left. His father used to be a employee and an anarchist; Walter himself is a Communist. within the Thirties, he left Mussolini’s Italy to struggle Franco in Spain. After Franco’s victory, he left Spain for exile within the usa. With the finish of the warfare, he back to Italy to paintings as a exertions organizer and to construct a brand new innovative order. Now, within the overdue Fifties, Walter is a deputy within the Italian parliament.
He isn't really chuffed approximately it. Parliamentary lawsuits are too uninteresting for phrases: the Communist celebration appears to be like filling up with ward heelers, timeservers, and profiteers. For Walter, the political has continually taken priority over the private, yet now there looks no safe haven for him anyplace. The puritanical celebration disapproves of his courting with Nuccia, a young, quizzical, deeply clever editor who's separated yet now not divorced, whereas Walter is anxious approximately his healthiness, haunted by means of his prior, and more and more afflicted via knotty questions of either idea and perform. Walter is, continuously has been, and constantly should be a Communist, he has no doubt approximately that, and but whatever has replaced. Communism not explains the existence he's residing, the longer term he was hoping for, or, possibly such a lot troubling of all, the existence he has led.