Giovannino Guareschi: Don Camillo

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Giovannino Guareschi’s Don Camillo (1948) is the first anthology of Mondo piccolo (Little World), the humorous and popular serialized fiction tales that primarily revolve around a Catholic priest, Don Camillo, a Communist mayor, Peppone, and the Talking Crucifix. The volume contains thirty-seven stories that had appeared over the span of a year, from December 1946 to December 1947, in Candido, the weekly conservative, anti-Communist newspaper that Guareschi edited (Guareschi 5).

The volume provides an important preface and three preliminary tales that Guareschi wrote to explain the salient features of Mondo piccolo as a literary creation. Beyond the Italian politics of the Cold War, Guareschi d…

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Perry, Alan. "Don Camillo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 July 2012
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