The Fierce and Beautiful World

 
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1970, Dutton, NY. Hardcover, 252-page short story collection. Translated into English by Joseph Barnes. The author, who died in 1951, wrote most of these stories prior to World War II. Because of political unrest in his native Russia, he was not well known in his own home country or abroad. Following his death, various collections of his work have appeared. The stories in this volume are selected from two volumes of his work which were published in the Soviet Union in 1965 and 1966.

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CESARE PAVESE (1908–1950) was born on his family’s vacation farm in the country outside of Turin in northern Italy. He graduated from the University of Turin, where he wrote a thesis on Walt Whitman, beginning a continuing engagement with English-language literature that was to lead to his influential translations of Moby-Dick, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Three Lives, and Moll Flanders, among other works. Briefly exiled by the Fascist regime to Calabria in 1935, Pavese returned to Turin to work for the new publishing house of Giulio Einaudi, where he eventually became the editorial director. In 1936 he published a book of poems, Lavorare stanca (Hard Labor), and then turned to writing novels and short stories. Pavese won the Strega Prize for fiction, Italy’s most prestigious award, for his novel La luna e i falò (The Moon and the Bonfires) in 1950. Later the same year, after a brief affair with an American actress, he committed suicide. Pavese’s posthumous publications include his celebrated diaries, essays on American literature, and a second collection of poems, entitled Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi (Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes).

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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