ITALY: Death of a Salesman

Knife-nosed Ludovico Monti was a dedicated man. The most energetic news vendor in Borgo San Lorenzo, near Florence, he had been offered the local agency for many daily papers. But, with the support of his pretty wife Armida, Monti was determined to sell only Unita, the Communist paper which commanded all his faith and ambition.

On Sunday mornings Monti invariably aroused Borgo's citizens with his cries: "Buy Unita! Read Unita! Here is Unita!" Peasants for miles around knew the peal of Monti's bicycle bell as he flashed by, a huge stack of papers thrown across the handlebars, a small red...

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