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[Fanfiction] Between the Mountains and the Plains, 4/5 (so far), "Don Camillo" stories
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belphegor1982

Posting this vignette again because I accidentally deleted it the other day - *facepalm* - and also because, wonder of wonders, I recently got unstuck on the 5th chapter and I'll be posting it here and on Dreamwidth presently! The way I'm stuck on the 6th, it's likely to be very, very long in coming... But I haven't lost hope :o)

I had fun creating Peppone's little family, even if trying to stick to canon turned out to be something of a headache. None of the kids are named in the books, and even the exact number of siblings is unclear (Guareschi usually wrote "six" at some point); I took my cue from the films, especially the first two, in which we see little Marco, his slightly older brother Beppo (who escapes from his city school in the second film), an older little girl and a taller boy. (Turns out there was a fifth child in one scene, a tiny mite I hadn't even spotted till now.) And Libero Antonio Camillo Lenin, who's born in the summer of 1946, just at the beginning of the first film :D So - just to keep everything straight - in my stories (and headcanon), in early 1944, Tonino is 9, Lucia is 7, Beppo is 4 and Marco is 2. On with the story now.

Title: Between the Mountains and the Plains
Fandom: Giovanni Guareschi's The Little World of Don Camillo stories
Genre: Humour/drama
Rating: G
Summary: We only ever get hints in the books and films of what Don Camillo's and Peppone's clandestine activities were during the German occupation. Here's my take on the idea.
Chapter: 4. Whoever saves one life...

Giosuè

May 1944

Rain had started to fall before dawn and it was still coming down in buckets when Don Camillo left the church after morning Mass. He had barely taken off his hat when he heard a faint rapping at the rectory door.

When he opened the door, there was nobody in sight. Then he looked down, and saw a child.

“Are you Don Camillo?” said a small, somewhat trembling voice.

Don Camillo nodded, too surprised by his find to do anything else at first. Then he opened the door wide, picked up the boy, and then closed the door quickly.

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(The rest of the chapter is here - it was too long for LJ.)

This is probably my favourite chapter, to tell the truth. I had a sudden inspiration for it as I reached the middle of chapter 2, and I just had to write it right away. I just hope that I did everything justice, and that you like reading it :o)


Did I just...?
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belphegor1982
I have the awful impression that I deleted the entry before today's, the 4th chapter of Between the Mountains and the Plains. Which means I deleted debriswoman's comment and my reply to it. ...Which goes to show how unused I've become to this site and how much I should hang around there again. In the meantime...

Blackadder headdesk2

God I'm dumb.
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[Fanfiction] The Trumpet of Contention, "Don Camillo" stories
je suis Charlie
belphegor1982
I really have to give myself a swift kick in the trousers and post here - and Dreamwidth - from time to time. C'est vrai, y a pas que Tumblr dans la vie !

Not much news from my side, though, except for a new nephew from the Best Beloved's side, born this August :o) And the fact that this summer I've been more productive in terms of fic that I've been these past three years. I'd say "hope it lasts" if I wasn't afraid of jinxing myself. (I totally did, didn't I.)

Anyway, new fic! And I'll be putting up the 5th chapter of Between the Mountains and the Plains soon. I'm just waiting a bit to see if I can make some progress on the 6th first. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this little peacetime tale – for a relative value of 'peace', naturally. It's set between – roughly – 1951 and 1957. The little drawing is mine, drawn in the style of Giovannino Guareschi's headers for his stories of Don Camillo and Peppone, as a homage. Check them if you can, they're adorable (and much better than mine, natch). The man was an excellent artist and cartoonist in particular.

Title: The Trumpet of Contention
Fandom: Giovanni Guareschi's The Little World of Don Camillo stories
Genre: Humour
Rating: G
Summary: Both Don Camillo and Peppone have a bone to pick with a trumpet player. Music has charms to soothe the savage beast, but what about the priest and the mayor?

trumpet cover b

Story under a cut...Collapse )

Crossposted to Dreamwidth here. Hope you liked :o)

[Fanfiction] Between the Mountains and the Plains, 3/4 (so far), "Don Camillo" stories
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belphegor1982

As it turns out, I can't cross-post from DW or even just publish this snippet here because the post is too large :( I guess 10,000 words is too much for a LJ post. Meh.

Title: Between the Mountains and the Plains
Fandom: Giovanni Guareschi's The Little World of Don Camillo stories
Genre: Humour/drama
Rating: G
Summary: We only ever get hints in the books and films of what Don Camillo's and Peppone's clandestine activities were during the German occupation. Here's my take on the idea.
Chapter: 3. With December come bad news. Hope is not always found at the bottom of a box, but some people may find it there anyway.

A Natale, freddo cordiale.
(At Christmas, the cold is friendly [meaning, it gets colder afterwards].)

Italian proverb.

December 1943

The chapter is here. Since the 4th is about as large if not larger, I'll post it to DW and put a link here as well. Sorry about that :-/


[Fanfiction] Between the Mountains and the Plains, 2/4 (so far), "Don Camillo" stories
je suis Charlie
belphegor1982
Back with the second snippet! It's longer than the first - I think each one is longer than the previous one - and a little more serious. Hope you like it!

Title: Between the Mountains and the Plains
Fandom: Giovanni Guareschi's The Little World of Don Camillo stories
Genre: Humour/drama
Rating: G
Summary: We only ever get hints in the books and films of what Don Camillo's and Peppone's clandestine activities were during the German occupation. Here's my take on the idea.
Chapter: 2.In which Don Camillo visits some of his parishioners in exile and comes to a few startling conclusions.

All witches are selfish, the Queen had said. But Tiffany’s Third Thought said: Then turn selfishness into a weapon! Make all things yours! Make other lives and dreams and hopes yours! Protect them! Save them! Bring them into the sheepfold! Walk the gale for them! Keep away the wolf! My dreams! My brother! My family! My land! My world! How dare you try to take those things, because they are mine!
I have a duty!

Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men

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Okay, I think the formatting's mostly good - and I didn't spend half as much time as I did last entry! Yay :D Scratch that, I spent a long time. Urgh :-/
 

[Fanfiction] Between the Mountains and the Plains, 1/4 (so far), "Don Camillo" stories
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belphegor1982
I say I'd come back with a story, didn't I? I just hope the cross-posting thing with LJ works this time. While I did draw a lot in 2016, I published no story at all (not even a drabble) and only tweaked existing WIPs. Yet another thing I'll have to work on this year :o)

This is the first of four (so far) vignettes I wrote in late 2015. The tone is mostly neutral leaning on humour, but since it's set during WW2, drama does sneak in.

Title: Between the Mountains and the Plains
Fandom: Giovanni Guareschi's The Little World of Don Camillo stories
Genre: Humour/drama
Rating: G
SummaryWe only ever get hints in the books and films of what Don Camillo's and Peppone's clandestine activities were during the German occupation. Here's my take on the idea.
Chapter: 1. 
The Nazis didn’t spare sleepy little villages when they invaded Northern Italy. Hard times means hard decisions have to be made.

Una mattina, mi sono svegliato
O bella ciao, bella ciao, bella ciao, ciao, ciao,
Una mattina, mi sono svegliato
E ho trovato l’invasor

 

(I woke up one morning
Oh lovely farewell, farewell, farewell
I woke up one morning
And found the invaders on my land…)

Unknown composer/lyricist, Bella Ciao

September 1943Collapse )

I'm still figuring out the formatting - lost the habit of having to tweak it. I hope you like the story!

Still kicking! Also, news
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belphegor1982
Well, I shouldn't make resolutions :-/ Here I am, a year after I swore I'd be around more, finally posting something. I'm sorry.

That said, when I do post something (and I will), I'll cross-post it on my mirror Dreamwidth account, belphegor1982.dreamwidth.org, which I created mainly for backup now that the LJ servers have moved to Russia. Not that I'm afraid that my little corner of nonsense will somewhat incur the wrath of the Kremlin, but just in case the LJ owners decide that the non-Russian market is no longer profitable and delete it. Since I don't want to lose the lovely comments and the posts that go with them, I imported all of it on Dreamwidth. Also, there is concern that, considering the Russian government anti-LGBT stance, LGBT blogs might be in danger of being deleted. This sort of bullshit goes against all of my principles and I won't be staying here if that's the case. (More on that here and here.)

In the meantime, I hope everybody's doing well! I'll be back soon with a few Don Camillo vignettes I wrote last year but only posted on Tumblr a few days ago. And who knows, newly-written stuff? I hope I can get my writing muses in gear again this year :o)
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Happy new year! (Plus drawings.)
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belphegor1982
Happy new year, everybody! One of my "good resolutions" (is it something you say in English, too?) is posting a little more here, as well. As far as I'm concerned, 2015 will go down as a pretty crappy year, so let's make 2016 just a little bit better despite the string of untimely deaths this January.

I've been drawing a lot these days (and writing, but it's unfinished, so not posting that yet), and here are some of the results! Here's an ink and black marker drawing for a start (on DeviantArt here):

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“Jesus,” Don Camillo insisted, “do You realise that You’re making me work for the revolution?”
“You’re working for grammar, syntax and spelling, none of which are particularly diabolical or political.”
Don Camillo put on his glasses, grabbed his pencil, and corrected the mistakes in the speech that Peppone was to read on the following day. Peppone reread the paper seriously.
"Good,” he approved. “The only thing I don’t understand is this: where I said "It is our intention to extend the school edifice and rebuild the bridge over the Fossalto”, you wrote “It is our intention to extend the school edifice, repair the church tower and rebuild the bridge over the Fossalto”. Why?“
"It’s a matter of syntax,” said Don Camillo solemnly. (”Scuola serale”/”Evening School”, Giovannino Guareschi)
I can’t draw glasses. so I skipped them. (Although I finally managed to draw that bloody hat! Who-hoo!) Anyway. I translated “edificio scolastico” by “school edifice” because “scholastic/educational edifice” sounded a little too much - although it gives you an idea of the kind of syntax Peppone is prone to use in his speeches :D

I started doodling on a page with the vague intention of drawing my favourite characters… and someone (*glares*) commandeered the entire page. Sigh. I also had the vague intention to try drawing him with his hat and his half-cigar, but my pen wouldn’t agree. (on Tumblr here)
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You know, Don Camillo can be devilishly devious and smug as all get-out, and lie egregiously through his teeth (even to the crucified Christ who talks to him, which is frankly an exercise in futility - not that it ever stops him) if he thinks it’s for a good cause. But behind his short temper he has a heart the size of a small continent, and every now and then it shows, plain as day :o)

The last one for the road? It's kind of an adaptation of one of the first stories in the first book (and the second scene in the first movie), and I think it tells a lot about both Don Camillo and Peppone. For the record, this happens in 1946, so there's a lot leftover from the war both in the landscape and people's minds. (On DeviantArt in one file here)
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(Afterwards) Don Camillo went to kneel in front of the Christ on the main altar.
"I thank you," he said, "for making us stop! If you hadn't shouted "Halt" when you did, we would have been in a lot of trouble."
"No you wouldn't," replied Christ, smiling. "You knew where you were going; walking on would have been suicide for you and you would have gone back anyway, Don Camillo."
"I know, but one can't rely too much on one's self-confidence. Sometimes pride ruins us." (Giovannino Guareschi, “Incendio doloso”/”Arson” - kind of a spoilery title, eh?)

Everybody knows that Peppone and his men kept a few well-furnished weapons caches from when they were partisans (which, in this particular story, means little more than a year ago). You never know what you’re going to need when the proletarian revolution comes. But nobody knows exactly how many “souvenirs” Don Camillo kept... They all agree on at least a .81 mortar (so basically a small cannon), not counting of course his hunting rifle and his old M91 gun from World War One. Then again, considering the atmosphere in Emilia-Romagna in 1946-1948, it’s probably not a bad thing to remind some people that he has that arsenal from time to time...
I’ll try to have this coloured soon! In the meantime, boy I had fun with those expressions :D

More "Little World" drawings
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belphegor1982
I promised I'd post again when I have more stuff to post, so here I am :o)

A few random expressions. I drew Peppone thinking of a scene in a story called "A Poacher's Penance" ("In piedi e seduti", in Italian, meaning "Standing and Sitting"), but I'm not saying why he has that second expression. Spoilers ;) (on DA here)

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For the next one I tried to draw them a few years older, and for now it's the only drawing where they're smoking their usual Toscano cigar. Don Camillo only seems to smoke half-cigars, but they probably start whole at some point :D (on DA here.)

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“We’ll let you choose the place where you are to be hanged,” jeered Peppone.
“I can tell you that right now,” retorted Don Camillo. “Right beside you, Comrade...” (from
Comrade Don Camillo)

Y'know, for all that those two often promise that the other will be hanged “when we take over”/“when we get rid of you lot”, they couldn’t live without one another. And they know it ;o)

The next one has a long explanation, which I'm also putting under a cut. It's one of my favourite moments in the fourth film (Don Camillo Monsignore... Ma non troppo). Still going for my mental image of Don Camillo rather than Fernandel, although I tried to really get Gino Cervi's expression on "my" Peppone's face. (DA page here.)

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In the films, there are two funerals (the old schoolmistress in the first one, and the one I mentioned under the previous cut), and both times, Peppone cries. And it's never presented as ridiculous or unmanly or played for laughs :')

Okay, one last drawing, again from the movies - this time the second one, which is probably my favourite of the bunch (with the first one). (DA version here.)

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“What did you feed your bees this winter, anyway? The works of Karl Marx?”
“I didn’t even need to feed them all winter. I just repeated your last sermon, and then - wham. They slept.”


Don Camillo is laid up with a fever, so naturally Peppone stops by with hot camomile tea and honey from his own bees (and a favour he needs), and gives him the latest news from the village. The dialogue is straight from the film, too, gentle snark and all.

Those two, I swear /:o)

[Fanart] Various "Little World" doodles and drawings
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belphegor1982
As I was saying in my latest post, I ended up (to my surprise) falling pretty hard for a fairly obscure (in the English-speaking world) series of short novels and films set in what the author, Giovannino Guareschi, calls the "Little World"; it's a rural area of the Po Valley in the years after the end of WW2 (so basically 1946-1969, the dates he published the stories), and a little town (which has no name in the stories, but Brescello in the films) whose Communist mayor and Catholic priest are constantly at odds, fierce rivals and also loyal friends.

They both fought in WW1 (more or less willingly), went up in the mountains to fight the Germans after the Italian armistice in WW2, and now they fight each other on everything and anything (with fists, words, rifles, sticks - anything they can grab), mostly for political reasons. Each is also probably the other’s closest friend, and they help each other out without even thinking in times of need. Here’s a longer explanation (of sorts) of why I love these two idiots so much.

So I did a couple of pages worth of doodles to "look" for Don Camillo's and Peppone's faces. Here's Peppone's. If the file is too large, it might show up better on my DeviantArt page here.
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Here's Don Camillo's page; I draw him a little leaner now, but on the whole my design hasn't changed. For context, in one of the stories of the first book (some of which made it into the second movie), the little town hosts a boxing match between their local champion and the city champion. The local guy does well until the city champ delivers a dirty blow, which enrages our Comrade Mayor Peppone so much (not that it usually takes a lot to get him riled up anyway) that he jumps on the ring to take on him himself. Now Peppone’s a burly fellow who knows a thing or two about fighting… Except he’s so angry he can’t see straight, so the other guy lays him out pretty quickly. Funnily enough, someone else then jumps on the ring and proceeds to kick the champion’s arse, to the delight of the townspeople :3 (DeviantArt page here.)
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Now, this is the first drawing I actually published (on my tumblr, the-french-belphegor.tumblr.com); since I spent some time looking for their faces as adults, I thought I'd imagine what they would look like as kids. I think a major part of Giuseppe detto Peppino comes from this drawing :o) (On DeviantArt here)
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And one last more. I'm putting the explanation/context under the "read more", too, because whoo-hoo this got long... (aaand on DA here.)
"Little World" vignettesCollapse )That's it for now!