Disaffections: Complete Poems

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Cesare Pavese 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, hobos, and prostitutes, and this bilingual volume includes all the poetry Pavese ever published, including work originally deleted by Fascist censors. A landmark volume.

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Overview

Cesare Pavese 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, hobos, and prostitutes, and this bilingual volume includes all the poetry Pavese ever published, including work originally deleted by Fascist censors. A landmark volume.

Cesare Pavese (1908-50) was a novelist, poet, and translator and a major literary figure in post-war Italy. 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 committed suicide at the height of his literary powers.

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Publishers Weekly
Born in 1908, Pavese completed a Ph.D. thesis on Walt Whitman and became one of Italy's leading translators of American writing before committing suicide in 1950. This bilingual edition begins with the brilliant Work's Tiring, a 1936 book written while jailed for "anti-fascist activities," and ends with a poem written in English: "Some one has died/ long time ago-/ some one who tried/ but didn't know." (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556591747
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 1,408,474
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Walking with Pavese 3
South Seas 17
Ancestors 25
Landscape (I) 29
Displaced People 33
Deola Thinking 35
Street Song 39
Two Cigarettes 41
Idleness 43
Landholders 47
Landscape (II) 51
Landscape (III) 53
A Season 55
Dina Thinking 59
Betrayal 61
Passion for Solitude 65
The Billy-Goat God 67
Time Passes 71
Grappa in September 75
Atlantic Oil 77
City in the Country 81
People Who Don't Understand 85
House under Construction 89
Ancient Civilization 93
Bad Company 97
Nocturnal Pleasures 99
Ballet 101
Fatherhood (I) 103
Ancient Discipline 105
Indiscipline 107
Landscape (V) 109
Discipline 111
Green Wood 113
Revolt 115
Outside 117
Work's Tiring (II) 119
Portrait of the Author 121
Mediterraneans 125
Sad Supper 129
Landscape (IV) 133
Motherhood 135
A Generation 137
Ulysses 139
Atavism 141
Affairs 143
Passionate Women 145
August Moon 147
Burnt Lands 149
Poggio Reale 151
Landscape (VI) 153
The Widow's Son 157
People Who've Been There 161
The Night 163
Meeting 165
Revelation 167
Morning 169
Summer (I) 171
Nocturne 173
Agony 175
Landscape (VII) 177
Tolerance 179
The Country Whore 181
Afterwards 185
Sand-Diggers' Twilight 189
The Wagoner 193
A Memory 195
The Voice 197
The Boatman's Wife 199
The Drunk Old Woman 203
Landscape (VIII) 205
Smokers of Paper 207
Words from Confinement 211
Myth 213
Paradise above the Roofs 215
Simplicity 217
Instinct 219
Fatherhood (II) 221
Morning Star over Calabria 223
Words for a Girlfriend 227
The Schoolmistresses 231
Fallen Women 237
The Blues Blues 241
Song 243
Sad Wine (I) 245
The Boy Who Was in Me 249
Indian Summer 253
Work's Tiring (I) 255
The Unconvinced 259
Imagination's End 261
Jealousy (I) 263
Sad Wine (II) 267
Creation 269
Reigning Peace 271
Other Days 273
Poetics 277
Alter Ego 279
Sketch of a Landscape 281
Deola's Return 283
Habits 285
Summer (II) 287
Dream 289
Sleeping Friend 291
Indifference 293
Jealousy (II) 295
Awakening 297
Landscape (IX) 299
Two 301
The House 303
"Red earth black earth" 309
"You are like a land" 311
"You are also hill" 313
"Your face is sculpted stone" 315
"You do not know the hills" 317
"Your gaze is brine and earth" 319
"You always come from the sea" 323
"And then we cowards" 327
"You are earth and death" 329
"The plants of the lake" 333
"You also are love" 335
To C. from C. 339
In the Morning You Always Come Back 341
"You have a blood, a breath" 343
"Death will come and will have your eyes" 347
You, Wind of March 349
I Will Pass through Piazza di Spagna 353
"The mornings pass clear" 355
The Night You Slept 357
The Cats Will Know 359
Last Blues, to Be Read Some Day 363
Notes on the Text 365
About the Author 367
About the Translator 367
Index of English Titles 369
Index of Italian Titles 371
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2006

    'The act of poetry is an absolute will to see clearly' - Pavese

    Italian poet Cesare Pavese, born 1908, died by suicide 1950, not only contributed to the world's poetry, but he also served as a novelist and a translator of American works into Italian. It is thus fitting that this translation of his poems written from 1930 to 1950 and including works censored by the Fascists as well as poems discovered after his death should be the work of the brilliant translator and annotator Geoffrey Brock. Pavese's poems may not have altered the manner in which poetry was written in his time, but his subjects are simply the men and women of his day who struggled between political philosophies, between love of leisure and need for work, between the glorification of the countryside and the drama of the cities, and between the solitary life and the desperate need for pairing. His words have a beauty of rhythm that only a fine translator could capture: Brock does this so well. Even the air insists that that day won't return./ The deserted window drinks in the cold/ and the sky. It's useless to open one's throat/ to breathe the old way, as anyone knows/ who's left stunned but alive. It's finished, the night/ of dreams and regrets. But that day won't return.' Enter Pavese's world and share it with those who love the finest of poetry. This is a wondrous volume of magnificent works. Grady Harp

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