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Christ in Concrete

Christ in Concrete

Author: Pietro di Donato

Year Published: 1939

Description: Christ in Concrete by Pietro di Donato uses religious imagery and stream of consciousness to tell the story of a young Italian-American bricklayer who struggles to provide for his family in 1920s Brooklyn after his father dies in a horrific construction site accident. The author's inspiration for the semiautobiographical story was his own father, who perished under such tragic circumstances on Good Friday in 1923. Originally published as a short story in Esquire magazine, it was expanded into a novel in 1939. It was also adapted into a 1949 movie directed by Edward Dmytryk.

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'Is it not possible to breathe God's air without fear dominating with the pall of unemployment and the terror of production for 'Boss, Boss and Job'? To rebel is to lose all of the very little. To be obedient is to choke. Oh, dear Lord, guide my path.'

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