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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, December 10, 2002
This review is from: Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950 (English and Italian Edition) (Paperback)
As a poet myself, reading Pavese and working with translations from the Italian have helped my writing immensely. I was introduced to Pavese by my creative writing instructor early in my writing and have returned to him ever since. Narrative poetry at its eloquent and poignant best that finds a quiet, understated way of exploring and explaining the human condition.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The act of poetry is an absolute will to see clearly' - Pavese, November 16, 2006
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This review is from: Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950 (English and Italian Edition) (Paperback)
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, November 06
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Translation!, December 12, 2002
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This review is from: Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950 (English and Italian Edition) (Paperback)
Geoff Brock's translation is idiomatic, rhythmical, and utterly gorgeous. The poems actually seem to rise from the page; since this translator knows how convey Pavese's plain-speech eloquence, and his painterly crispness. It helps to have a real poet as a translator; Brock's own impressive poems appear in numerous journals. And I hope that this book will get publishing...in gear, and deliver us a collection of Brock's own work real soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 20th Century's truly great poets, November 4, 2010
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This review is from: Disaffections: Complete Poems 1930-1950 (English and Italian Edition) (Paperback)
This edition is identical to the Carcanet edition, which I also have, except that this edition was the original; the spacing on the page is better and the margins are more generous. This is the more attractive book generally with a slightly more appealing cover too. Either way however, Pavese is exceptional and these are exceptionally good translations. They seem to me to be definitive. Reading some of the poems is like watching a Visconti movie, Rocco and His Brothers or something like that. Pavese allows you to completely enter the time he is writing about and to see its people. The book's later sections contain Pavese's distillations of his poetic sensibility; quite breathtaking.
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