1952: The return home, the "unfinished"
August: Guareschi moves to Roncole (Parma) with his family,
and there he builds his small shelter: the “Unfinished” (no
doorbell, but only a bronze doorknocker used to inform the tenants about
someone’s presence; a large kitchen used also as dining room and
living room; a small room and a study for the author). Meanwhile, he goes
on working for Candido (three days a week he lives in Milan).
"Giovannino" he continues "can we know
how you would call this swirling brick machine?".
"Let’s call it the ‘Unfinished’” I answer.
"This is a temporary name, that can be used only until the house
"The ‘Unfinished’ is a name that can be comsidered definitive,
because this house will never be finished!" replies Margherita peremptorily.
"Until God leaves your father alive, it will always be so".
Roncole Verdi, 1952: Guareschi alla finestra di un granaio
Roncole Verdi, agosto 1952: Guareschi vicino al "tiro
a segno Don Camillo"