Cesare Pavese

Cesare Pavese (Santo Stefano Belbo, 1908 – Turin, 1950) was an Italian writer, poet, translator, essayist, and literary critic. His literary production is extensive and profound. Due to his political engagement, he was sentenced for anti-fascism and sent to confino, internal exile, in Southern Italy. His major works include “La luna e i falò” (The Moon and the Bonfires), Paesi Tuoi (Your Villages), Dialoghi con Leucò (Dialogues with Leucò), and Feria d'agosto (August Holiday). Piedmont’s landscapes are the core of many of his stories and poems, in particular the Langhe: “These hard hills that made my body/ And stir within it so many memories, have revealed to me the miracle/ That is this woman, who doesn’t know she lives in me, and whom I can’t understand.” Places to visit: In Santo Stefano Belbo, the village where Pavese was born and where the Study Center dedicated to the artist is located; The Langhe, which are often mentioned in his poems and novels.

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