The World: FRIENDLY ENEMIES: DIALOGUE OF THE DEAF

Paunchy, silver-haired Antonio Perelli is a lawyer and an organizer for the Christian Democratic Party in Cosenza, a sun-drenched river town of 120,000 in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Brisk, wiry Fausto Gelsomino, a printer by trade, is an official of Cosenza's Communist Party. Friendly enemies, the two men have known each other for years, and last week they were among the 30,000 people who gathered at the Piazza Fera for a Communist campaign rally at which the featured speaker was Party Boss Enrico Berlinguer. Shortly afterward, Perelli and Gelsomino met at...