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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Reading diaries of real dead people has always made me uncomfortable, leaving me with the sense that I’m peeking into someone’s life and soul, the inner workings of a brain that I have no acquaintance with.

El Oficio de Vivir

However reading Pavese’s diaries was different. The fact that there’s an occasional discourse on the technical sides of poetry and fiction may have made it so. You realize some time after that it’s not that personal, indeed. Guilt gives way to criticism. One thing I really loathed was Pavese Reading diaries of real dead people has always made me uncomfortable, leaving me with the sense that I’m peeking into someone’s life and soul, the inner workings of a brain that I have no acquaintance with.

One thing I really loathed was Pavese’s attitude toward women. I don’t know anything about his life story other than his suicide but it was obvious reading his diaries that he got disappointed, hurt and let down by women.

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This set of experiences negatively reflect on his way of viewing women in general. Very obnoxious with many general statements. I felt that he spent an awful lot of time to fathom women but failed so he says “to hell with them” in very professional looking words. A little too obsessed with sex, yet, he makes some beautiful comments on human nature that make you go read it out loud to the nearest person. But finding them in the diaries is like looking for pearls in an ocean.

Very rare but very precious. One last thing that attracted my attention was the parts where Pavese talks about Dostoyevsky. I read many works on Dostoyevsky and his works that wonderfully explain what Dostoyevsky might have been aiming for in literature, religion and life.

Pavese comes very close. He almost gets a grasp of the Dostoyevsky realm but his mistake is what he has to say is on the surface, very technical and dry. You sometimes ought to strip of formality to get to comprehend Dostoyevsky. Anyway, I’m very pleased when prominent writers appreciate Dostoyevsky in their own works.

Overall I enjoyed it but not quite much. I haven’t read his poetry, don’t know much about Italian cities and writers he keeps mentioning in his diaries which may make some of you go “then why the hell did you pick that book? Cesare Pavese si interroga continuamente sulla funzione della letteratura, sulle scelte contenutistiche e stilistiche, sulla filosofia che le sorregge, sulla creazione di un’opera poetica unitaria, in un continuo intreccio fra arte e vita.

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Cesare Pavese was born in a small town in which his father, an official, owned property. He attended school and later, university, in Turin. Denied an outlet for his creative powers by Cesarr control of literature, Pavese translated many 20th-century U. He also published criticism, posthumously collected in La letteratura americana e altri saggi ; American Literature, Essays and Opinions, His work probably did more to foster the reading and appreciation of U.

A founder and, until his death, an editor of the publishing house of Einaudi, Pavese also edited the anti-Fascist review La Cultura. His first volume of lyric poetry, Lavorare stanca ; Hard Labour,followed his release from prison.

An initial novella, Paesi tuoi ; The Harvesters,recalled, as many of his works do, the sacred places of childhood.

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Between and he lived with partisans of the anti-Fascist Resistance in the hills of Piedmont. The bulk of Pavese’s work, mostly short stories and novellas, appeared between the end of the war and his death. Partly through the influence of Melville, Pavese became preoccupied with myth, symbol, ofiico archetype. Several other works are notable, especially La bella estate ; in The Political Prisoner, Shortly after receiving the Strega Prize for it, Pavese committed suicide in his hotel room pavwse taking an overdose of pills.

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