An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the. Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete”. The long-lost novel that inspired Jimmy Breslin to write “The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez.”. An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the story of a.

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Page edges a litte spotted, else a tight, near fine in bright crisp piettro jacket with a couple tiny closed tears. His latest book is Mickey and Willie: Open Preview See a Problem? I have never read a book written this way and at first found it a little disconcerting – but not for long.

It is less Marx, more Biblical justice and Christian plea. Octavo, original black cloth, gilt titles to the spine. The translation is a kind of direct transposing of the words as ordered in Italian which successfully marks the book with a distinctive prose style. Chris ask other readers questions about Christ in Concreteplease sign up.

In an uncanny instance of life imitating art imitating life, the book that inspired Jimmy Breslin’s “The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez,” Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete,” was itself inspired by the tragic death in a construction accident of the author’s father, an Italian immigrant, on Good Friday,when di Donato was There’s an excellent film version, also worthy and for a long time banned for butting up against the forces of Voncrete.

Christ in Concrete presents the often harrowing story of an Italian immigrant family in New York City in the s.


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View all 5 comments. Love the linguistic attentions and gritty realness. A pioneer of classic radio, she was one of the first women to create, write, produce and star in a long-running hit when she premiered her convrete comedy-drama “The Rise of the Goldbergs”later known as “The Goldbergs” [Wiki]. Brick you dago screwball!

Also, we tend to be dramatic and a bit melancholy. Originally pubished in Esquire Magazine inwith five Chapters, titled: The novel was inspired by the death of di Donato’s father in a construction accident on Good Friday in An uncompromising yet beautiful portrait of the life of Italian immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the s, Christ in Concrete is the story of a twelve-year-old boy who must support his family after his father’s untimely death.

An excellent copy in the jacket with sunned spine. Jurgis Rudkis works harder, but things only worsen.

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About Pietro Di Donato. Their triumph is an overcoming of adversity built into a system that actively denies them its loftiest ideals. Just before lunch hour, as Paul was working a wall up along the stairs, someone came slowly down. Paul gets a better-paying job as a bricklayer, and later gets a job working on skyscrapers. I imagine the intent was to remind us that the characters were speaking Italian and also to convey the confusions of the workplace and family gatherings.

My paternal Grandfather born in Italy was a stone mason and I only wish he were alive to ask him his experiences. There is not a lot of workerist rhetoric to this book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In niches are Saints. Donati scene with the building collapse and the This is a book of incredible metaphors and imagery.


Geremio is swallowed in concrete, which crushes him to death as it dries. Jul 14, Barbara rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: At the time of its publication init received accolades along with another contemporary novel, The Grapes of Wrath.

Please email us pieetro you require a specific, detailed description of the book condition. And terrible and relentless are the conditions the people must endure indeed!

Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato

DiDonato really captures the soul of the Italian immigrant and gives a realistic view of tenement life. As long as the author deals with his father’s lethal accident vhrist a construction job and his own decision to step in as the bread-winner for his xoncrete and 7 siblings, the writing is strong and vibrant.

When we hear them speaking from the outside, it comes out like this character’s definition of a lawyer: Absolutely rated it really liked it Shelves: Bookplate on front pastedown endpaper.

Jun 03, M. An immigrant and second generation Italian-American tale written inalso very much about class and exploitation–so much so that the movie version of it was banned in the US.

This is working class literature of the s where the great unwashed are brought into finer relief, their desperate situations the fodder for heart-wrenching plot. As a result, the working-class must rely on each other — as workers and as neighbors — drawing strength from their ancient, pre-Christian pagan rituals of sharing food and song in a sense of communal bonding.

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