1936-1943: In Milano, the Bertoldo, the first arrest
In August 1936 Angelo Rizzoli proposes him to work as
a subeditor for the Bertoldo, and here begins the long cooperation
between Guareschi and the publishing house Rizzoli, that will last for
all the carrier of the writer.
Then he moves to Milan with Ennia and begins working
as a subeditor for the Bertoldo, becoming then chief subeditor
in 1937. He will remain chief subeditor of this weekly magazine until
its final closure in 1943.
It is such a good day, I catch the train and move
to Milan, slipping in the editorial staff of the Bertoldo, the
weekly magazine that is named after the most famous peasant of the Italian
In these years he does not give up the various contributions with important
newspapers: La Stampa, Ambrosiano, Milano in Fiore,
Stampa Sera, Marc'Aurelio.
In 1938 he begins working for E.I.A.R.(Ente Italiano
Audizioni Radiofoniche, Italian Body for Radio Auditions), writing texts,
sketches, dialogues, ads and serial columns until 1942, when he is first
In 1940 he begins writing articles, tales and reports
for Corriere della Sera, for which he will work unitl 1942.
In 1940 he marries Ennia Pallini and enters the Order
In November 1941 his first book is published: La scoperta di Milano.
In July 1942 the second one: Il destino si chiama Clotilde.
In October 1942 he is first arrested, because he has
defamed Mussolini and his regime. Everything happens after getting really
drunk: Giovannino is in the street during a night and tells publicly everything
Because of this, he is imprisoned for one night and,
after two months, he is called to arms again. He is destined to 11į Artiglieri
1060 Battaglione of Alessandria.
Afetr this fact, his important cooperations with Corriere della Sera
and La Stampa come to an end.
In 1942 Iím arrested by Fascists because in the district
Gustavo Modena, Ciro Menotti, Castelmorrone Iíve told what I was thinking
in that moment about all the matter. It is quite a disgraceful
episode, in fact on the 14 October 1942, at night, after getting drunk
by some friends of mine, I took two hours to reach my home in
Ciro Menotti street, that is not more than 800 metres far. And during
those two hours (from one to three a.m.) I shouted things that, the day
after, were diligently written on a 4-page register, that an important
person from a UPI (Ufficio Politico di Investigazione, Political
Investigation Office) showed me in his office in Pagano street.
Left, Guareschi with his colleagues at Bertoldo journal
Guareschi at 34 years, 1942
Vignette of Guareschi prisoner
Vignette of a guard that listens