EJGS Resources – War and Hardly Peace Readings

Gadda’s war diary (now in SGF II) was first published in volume in 1955, then in 1965 (with Gadda’s war sketches, but heavily censored by the author).

A further notebook and Gadda’s 1919 military report of his capture have been published (Gadda 1991a; Ungarelli 1994a).

Gadda’s war narratives became part of his first two narrative volumes, La Madonna dei Filosofi (1931) and Il castello di Udine (1934).

From those volumes see: Manovre di artiglieria da campagna (RR I 21-34); Elogio di alcuni valentuomini, Impossibilità di un diario di guerra, Dal Castello di Udine verso i monti (RR I 127-55), Compagni di prigionia, Imagine di Calvi (RR I 156-78).

For memories of the Great War in the later years see Gadda 1993b: 175-80 & Monicelli’s La grande guerra (1959).

For an ironic self-portrayal as a retired yet still at war captain see Le bizze del capitano in congedo (RR II 967-78).

For further critical readings see Mileschi 2003; Terzoli 2003; Pecoraro 1998; Gorni 1995: 149-75; Papponetti 1994c: 93-106; Mauro 1988: 29-42.

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