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Sicilian Lives

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Sicilian Lives by Danilo Dolci
Paperback $19.00
Dec 12, 1981 | ISBN 9780394749389

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“Mr. Dolci also listens, which is why he is called the Oscar Lewis and Studs Terkel of Sicily. For 30 years, he has written down what he hears and read it back to the teller. A story—a connection—is made; lives are rescued from silence. . . . Only the grave robbers know anything of Sicily’s ancient history; only Mr. Dolci seems unbroken, nonviolent, among the children, listening, an architect of muscle and tongue. We ought to be grateful.”—The New York Times
 
“Danilo Dolci is a wonderful man, one of those who, in purity of spirit, has cast his lot with the insulted and the injured. He is utterly free of rancor or righteousness; he is better than a saint—he is a good human being. And it all comes out in his writing.”—Irving Howe
 
“Danilo Dolci, in living a Sicilian life, offers us, in wisdom and innocence, the hearts, minds, and dreams of his neighbors. With their own words he has painted an indelible portrait of a society.”—Studs Terkel
 
“Danilo Dolci is not only the world’s foremost advocate of nonviolent revolution, but also a poet and a sensitive interviewer. He is often called Sicily’s Gandhi, but he has also been Sicily’s Stud Terkel and Oscar Lewis. . . .Beautifully written, Sicilian Lives is a course in the sociology, anthropology, economics, and politics of Sicily, and a moving portrait of its people.”—Herbert Gans

Table Of Contents

Foreword, by John Berger • vii
Prologue • xv
 
THE INDIGENOUS CULTURE • 1
1. Rosario • 3
2. Leonardo • 13
3. Bastiano • 16
4. Santo • 25
 
THE PARASITE CULTURES • 33
5. The Honorable Calò • 35
6. Sonia Alliata of the House of Salaparuta • 38
7. Peppe Volpe, Knight of the Orders of . . . • 42
8. Salvatore Vilardo • 55
9. A Parish Priest • 61
10. The Cardinal • 63
11. Don Genco • 67
 
VICIOUS CIRCLES • 69
12. Rosaria • 71
13. The Healer • 84
14. Ignazio • 89
15. A Street Cleaner • 94
16. Uncle Andrea • 99
17. A Lawyer • 103
18. The Warden of the Uccardone • 106
 
HOME-GROWN PLAGUES • 111
19. E.A. • 113
20. Ciolino • 118
21. Gaspare • 129
22. Potato • 135
23. Vincenzo • 140
24. Grandma Nedda • 150
25. XX • 155
 
WASTE • 175
26. XY •  177
27. A Friend of Placido’s • 189
28. Salvatore • 203
29. Antonio • 205
30. Uncle Felice • 213
 
ENDURANCE • 219
31. An Industrialist • 221
32. Crocifissa • 224
33. Santuzza • 229
34. Sariddu • 231
 
RESISTANCE • 237
35. A Friend of Miraglia’s • 239
36. Gaetano • 250
37. Angela • 259
38. Gino Orlando • 264
39. The Children • 289
 
Epilogue • 291
Translator’s Note • 301

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