Milton–the name is a nom de guerre–is a member of a partisan band battling Italian Fascists and German forces in the chaotic last years of World War II. Before the war Milton was a student of English literature and a lover of poetry. He was in love with a girl, too, Fulvia, and from time to time she’d invite him over to her rich family’s fine house and have him read to her. Now, in the thick of war, he discovers that handsome Giorgio, his friend and fellow partisan, was sleeping with Fulvia at the time. Furious with jealousy, Milton hastens to have it out with Giorgio, but Giorgio has been captured by the Germans. A Private Affair tells the story of Milton’s mad quest–through mud and fog, rain and terror, while barely evading enemy patrols–to rescue his friend, the better to settle a grudge from a lost world of peace. Beppe Fenoglio’s masterpiece is a peerless story of the violent heart and world.
A Private Affair
A powerful World War II novel about a young soldier joining the anti-German resistance in occupied Italy, this classic–which touches on everything from wartime dangers and adventures to desperate love–is regarded as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Italian literature.