Many of those familiar with Giovannino Guareschi’s Don Camillo books are unaware that among the Italian humorist’s other translated writings are several volumes set in other “little worlds.” For instance, there’s Guareschi’s world of home and hearth, represented in English by three books of comic stories about the author’s family. And there’s also the world of Continental high society, or GG’s stylized version thereof, which readers in English can visit via two charming farces dating from the beginning of the author’s career. Finally, there is the dark world of the German internment camp where Guareschi spent several years during the Second World War; his collected prison writings round out the works available in English.
Here are the titles of the so-called “non-Camillo books” in English, given in order of US publication date. Over the next few days, I intend to devote a separate post to each one of them.
- The House That Nino Built (1953): collected pieces about the familial misadventures of author “Nino” Guareschi, his wife “Margherita,” and children “Albertino” & Carlotta (aka “the Duchess”). Does not appear to correspond to any Italian book.
- My Secret Diary (1958): not an actual account of prison life, but a collection of pieces, some just fragments, written by GG while interned by the Nazis from 1943-45. Published in Italian as Diario clandestino.
- My Home, Sweet Home (1966): more family stories; corresponds to the 1954 Italian collection Corrierino delle famiglie.
- A Husband in Boarding School (US title) / School for Husbands (UK) (1967): a translation, more than two decades after the fact, of GG’s 1944 comedy of manners Il marito in collegio
- Duncan and Clotilda (1968): an even later translation of an even earlier novel, 1942’s Wodehousian farce Il destino si chiama Clotilde.
- The Family Guareschi (1970): posthumous collection of later family stories wriiten in a decidedly more melancholy tone; published in Italian as Vita in famiglia.
I referred to the above as “available” in English, but in fact all of these are, like the Don Camillo books, sadly out of print. Indeed, if you see a version at Amazon (etc.) with a print date of later than 1970, it’s a pirated edition and exists in violation of the express wishes of the Guareschi heirs. To find and purchase books by GG in English, I recommend instead a secondhand locator service like the Advanced Book Exchange.
Piers Dudgeon said:
The 7 Don Camillo volumes published between 2013 and today (2020) by Pilot Productions are certainly not pirated, as suggested above. They have been developed with the Guareschi Estate to combine the classic tales with many previously unpublished stories. An 8th volume is due in 2021. Titles currently available are:
The Little World of Don Camillo
Don Camillo & His Flock
Don Camillo & Peppone
Comrade Don Camillo
Don Camillo & Company
Don Camillo’s Dilemma
Don Camillo Takes the Devil by the Tail
Don Camillo & Don Chichi will follow in 2021. In addition, there is a biography of the author at the back of the first 4 books.
Hi. Sorry, the blog entry you are referring to is very old, put up before your books were available. A pirate company, “Ameron,” was selling facsimile reprints of old FS&G editions from the 50s. I still check the comments to this site, even though I never finished it. I will fix this sometime, I promise.
Piers Dudgeon said:
Good to hear from you. I found your site very useful, especially at the beginning of my involvement back in 2012, and look forward to any updates. Happy to help and act as a go-between with the Estate. Yes, Amereon Ltd, a book publisher in Mattituck, never sent a penny in royalties to the Guareschi Estate. Everything is now on a proper basis. Readers should feel free to contact me with any queries.