Pavese’s nine short novels make up the most dense, dramatic and homogeneous narrative cycle of modern Italy, and are also…the richest in representing social ambiances, the human comedy, the chronicle of a society. But above all they are works of an extraordinary depth where one never stops finding new levels, new meanings…Each one of Pavese’s novels revolves around a hidden theme, something unsaid which is the real thing he wants to say.
— Italo Calvino
Now there can be no excuse for not reading Pavese, one of the few essential novelists of the mid-twentieth century. The new translations and the introduction by R.W. Flint are admirable.
— Susan Sontag