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Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950

Cesare Pavese

Translated by Geoffrey Brock

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (384 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2004)
9781857547382
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  • Death will come and will have your eyes -
    this death that accompanies us
    from morning till evening, unsleeping,
    deaf, like an old remorse
    or an absurd vice. Your eyes
    will be a useless word,
    a suppressed cry, a silence...

    'Verrà la morte e avrà I tuoi occhi -'

    Italian/English facing text

    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950) is one of the essential writers of the twentieth century, and Disaffections is the first complete collection of his poetry in English. Included in this facing text edition are all the poems Pavese published during his lifetime, as well as a few suppressed by the Fascist censor and several discovered after his death. Many of these poems appear here for the first time in English.

    Disaffections opens with Pavese's ground-breaking début volume, Work's Tiring (1936). In its 'poem-stories', farmers and factory workers, thieves and drunks, lonely prostitutes and lonelier men, are evoked with a fellow-feeling that imbues them with austere dignity. His later poems, composed after a long period in which his creative energies were turned to fiction, form a haunting coda to his career. They become at once more lyrical and more darkly personal, addressing a female figure who dominates the mysterious and harrowing landscape of desire.
    Cesare Pavese
    Cesare Pavese (1908-1950), one of the great Italian writers of the twentieth century, was a poet, novelist and diarist. Born near Turin, he first rose to prominence as a transltor and critic of American literature. In 1936, he published the first of two editions of Work's Tiring(Lavorare stanca), an extraordinary ... read more
    Geoffrey Brock
    Geoffrey Brock was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1964 and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the translator of Cesare Pavese's Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950 (2004) and the author of Weighing Light: Poems (2005). He has also translated books by Roberto Calasso, Umberto Eco, and others, and he has received ... read more
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