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Christ Stopped at Eboli Italian: In the book he gives Aliano the invented name ‘Gagliano’. Carlo Levi was a doctor, writer detvuo painter, a native of Turin. InLevi’s anti-fascist beliefs and activism led to his banishment by Benito Mussolini ‘s fascist government to a period of internal exile in a remote region of southern Italy. Despite his status as a political exile Levi was welcomed with open arms, for the people of this area were naturally gracious hosts.

His book, Christ Stopped At Ebolifocuses on his year in the villages of the Lucania region and the people he encountered there.

The villages of Grassano and ‘Gagliano’ were extremely poor. They lacked basic goods because there were no shops in the village.

A typical though meagre diet consisted of bread, oil, crushed tomatoes, and peppers. The villages did not have many modern items, and those they did were not often utilized. One working bathroom in the town stood as a retreat for animals rather than people.

Also, only one car was found in the area. Homes were sparsely furnished; the most frequent decoration consisted of an American dollar, a photo of the American president Rooseveltor the Madonna di Viggiano displayed on their walls.

The two doctors in town were invariably inept. The peasants simply did not trust the in-town physicians and therefore counted on Levi’s medical skills instead.

Malaria took the lives of many villagers; it was merciless and rampant. Education was available, but as Levi stated, the mayor who taught class spent more time overlooking the balcony than educating the children. The religious values of the villages Levi visited were a mixture of Christianity and mysticism.


While the people were pious in the sense that they were moral and kind, they were not exactly religious. They did not avidly attend church, and in fact ostracized their priest, who was a drunk and allegedly had sexual relations of a profane nature.

The priest, however, had just as much dislike for the people, as evident by his statement “The people here are donkeys, not Christians. Superstitions, gnomes, and spells seemed to shape day-to-day tasks, not Christ and the belief in God.

People did, however, attend church on holidays like Christmas, and did respect the Madonna. When reading this it becomes apparent that Christianity was an idea introduced but never completely adopted.

The southern half of Italy was not completely crisot board with Mussolini and his fascist government.

The southerners were looked upon as inferior citizens. Levi recalls one local man’s view that he and his fellow people were not even considered humans, rather dogs. He tells how Northerners viewed the southerners with “inherent racial inferiority”. The people specifically felt torn from Italy, and looked to America as a beacon of hope and prosperity rather than Rome.

Levi writes “Yes, New York, rather than Rome or Naples would be the real capital of the peasants of Lucania, if these men crristo a country could have a capital at all. The people were in dire shape, they lived in complete destitution and yet nothing was being done to provide for them. The war with Abyssinia only served to remind them of the impossibility of emigrating to America. In Italy criwto a quick war in Abyssinia sr day Ethiopia. The people in Levi’s village thought little to nothing about it.

It did not faze them and they had no hope of any gain because of it. Levi refers to them as being indifferent to the war cause, and mentions only one man who enlisted to escape a troubled home life.


He dboli notice, however, that they do not talk about World War I despite the fact that a large number of men in the village lost their lives. Near the end of his stay Levi takes a trip to the north to attend a funeral. After spending almost a year in Lucania he feels an awkwardness he had not experienced before. As he talks with friends and acquaintances about politics he begins to uncover a common ignorance about the issue of Southern Italy.

Cristo se detuvo en Eboli – Carlo Levi – Google Books

crsto He listens as people share their opinions on “the problems of the south” about who is drtuvo blame and what can be done. A commonality is found amongst all their answers, the state must take action! They must do “something concretely useful, and beneficent, and miraculous.

He goes on to explain how the idea of a united “utopian” Italy has been subconsciously ingrained in all of them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article possibly contains original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. August Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Christ Stopped at Eboli

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