Comrade Don Camillo
by Carolyn Moynihan | October 24, 2017
I missed out on The Little World of Don Camillo and sequels earlier in my life and have to confess that Comrade Don Camillo is the only one of the famous series that I have read. And that only because I came across it by accident. A very happy accident.
Rereading it for the article below (it is only 200 small pages) it gave me just as much enjoyment as it did the first time. The Cold War transferred into a small Italian town suddenly becomes warm and funny, even though Don Camillo's trip to Russia in the guise of Comrade Tarocci touches on tragic events from the past.
The point of revisiting it now? To view the longer-term effects of the Russian Revolution from the perspective of a writer who was staunchly anti-communist and yet showed how one could fight communism with charity and humour. Maybe we can apply the same tactics to today's ideologies.