COMRADE DON CAMILLO by Giovanni Guareschi


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This, at one and the same time, is less amusing and more satiric than any of its predecessors. Don Camillo joins (incognito) a commission selected to visit the Soviet. It is a thoroughly characteristic form of blackmail he uses to get on the ist and throughout the visit he is a thorn in the flesh to Peppone (former village mayor and now a senator). He manages to-cast doubt on Russian achievements, to uncover the real beliefs of many of his fellow travelers, to bring comfort to reluctant communists. In the grip of a storm at sea, he reveals his true calling by leading the appeal to the God most of them thought they had deserted. Even Peppone, angry and frightened, shows the glimmer of his old self in their final reunion.

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1964
ISBN: 1849029814
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Co.