Undoubtedly a masterpiece . . . [Buzzati] has brought to life a universal man and cast his being in surrounding which are familiar to us all . . . It is a sublime book and Buzzati a master of the written word. --Sunday Times
"Buzzati's take on military matters is ambiguous. He makes much of the elaborate system of passwords at the fort -- a system that leads to one officer's death -- or the coded music of bugle calls, as well as the way in which time itself is stratified and subdivided. . . But if this is satire, it's a satire on us all, conscripted to the fortress of our expectations, hoping by secret signals and the solace of routine to push time back from the battlements, even as they crumble." --Eric Ormsby, NY Sun
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Giovanni Drogo, a new officer, is sent on a mission on Fort Bastiani, a remote location where he is to watch over a potential invasion of barbarians, in a rough frontier where... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Arthur Martinasso
I read this book years ago and thought it was a good read--compelling characters, surprising plot and overall a good tale. I'm now reading it a second time, slowly and carefully. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles A. Krohn
A beautifully written book although I did find it a sad and somewhat depressing story. The prose is evocative and haunting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cphe
This is the story of Lieutenant Giovanni Drogo who finally finishes his education and is to embark on a life full of possibilites and glory at the desolate outpost of Fort... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Haakon Hals Rød
Most fascinating book - what an amazing landscape drawn with words, not to speak of making TIME conscious. I highly recommend the book and author.Published 10 months ago by Quatsch
"Often likened to Kafka's The Castle, The Tartar Steppe is both a scathing critique of military life and a meditation on the human thirst for glory". Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by F. R .
First I "saw" this novel at the cinema. Now, more than thirty years after that, I read it. And I read it because the movie was always present to me as it happens every time you... Read morePublished on February 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The book arrived rapidly. The cover is nice.
The life of Dino Buzzti--particularly those events towards the end of World War II--deeply affected his writing. Read more