Carlo Levi

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  • Daniela Bartalesi-Graf (Wellesley College )

One of the major figures of the Italian twentieth-century literary landscape, Carlo Levi was a multifaceted intellectual: writer, painter, philosopher, doctor, and antifascist activist. His name is closely associated with his book Cristo si è fermato a Eboli [Christ Stopped at Eboli], published in 1945 and quickly translated into all major languages: the chronicle of the year 1935-36 spent by Levi in confino politico [internal political exile] in a small southern Italian village, the book brought the condition of poor peasants to national attention and infused a new human dimension to the debate around the Questione meridionale [Southern Question], i.e., the economic and cultural disparity between the North a…

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Bartalesi-Graf, Daniela. "Carlo Levi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2012
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]