'Giovanni Guareschi's tales of Don Camillo, the Italian priest with a hefty left hook, are absolutely delightful in their satirical swipes at human weakness.' Paul Merton
As everyone knows, taking a serpent by the tail is not a good idea. But in the Bassa, where the Devil crops up in many a guise to break the quiet rhythm of everyday life, hilarious and unearthly things can happen to draw the poison from his bite...
This new bumper volume of classic Tales from the Lower Plain includes many translated into English for the first time. Feeling the spirit of the Bassa and inhabiting the collective unconscious of its people, Guareschi manages to lift the pall of politics and let light shine upon the good that resides in his people’s nature, leaving it to us to imagine that what works at the micro level of the Little World might be made to work the world over.