Disaffections

Cesare Pavese

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Copper Canyon Press
19 May 2024
ISBN: 9781556591747
Hardback
372 pages

From the publisher

Translated by Geoffrey Brock

Cesare Pavese (1908-50) was one of Italy’s great post-war writers. His poetry was revolutionary—both artistically and politically—rejecting the verbal and philosophical constraints of tradition and utilizing direct, colloquial language. His subjects were peasants, the homeless, and sex workers, and this bilingual volume includes all the poetry Pavese ever published, including work originally deleted by Fascist censors. Pavese was a novelist, poet, and translator. He brought American influence to Italian literature through his translations. Pavese’s flight from the Fascists and subsequent confinement were reflected in his writings, which dealt with social struggle and revealed his sympathy for the oppressed. He died from suicide at the height of his literary powers.