The Moon and the Bonfire (Peter Owen Modern Classics)

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9780720611199: The Moon and the Bonfire (Peter Owen Modern Classics)

The nameless narrator this, Pavese's last and greatest novel, returns to Italy from California after the Second World War. He has done well in America, but success hasn't taken the edge off his memories of childhood, when he was an orphan living at the mercy of a bitterly poor farmer. He wants to learn what happened in his native village over the long, terrible years of Fascism; perhaps, he even thinks, he will settle down. And yet as he uncovers a secret and savage history from the war-a tale of betrayal and reprisal, sex and death-he finds that the past still haunts the present.

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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. 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. Pavese won the Strega Prize for fiction, Italy's most prestigious award, for The Moon and the Bonfire in 1950. Later the same year, after a brief affair with an American actress, he committed suicide.

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Text: English, Italian (translation)

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