ITALY: Fixed Idea

Guido Corini had less reason than most to be happy about World War II and its aftermath. An Allied bullet left his spine permanently and painfully deformed. An air raid killed his wife and only child. The best peacetime job he could find at 42 was that of broom-wielder and errand boy in a Milanese gas appliance factory. Guido's fellow workers left him strictly alone after finding that their most innocent remarks evoked a tirade of resentful acrimony. His bosses found him sullen. They would have fired Guido long ago had not Plant Director Luigi Daniele insisted on giving him...

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