• Pavese is one of the few essential novelists of the mid-twentieth century

    Susan Sontag
  • Pavese's nine short novels make up the most dense, dramatic, and homogeneous narrative cycle of modern Italy ... But above all they are works of an extraordinary depth where one never stops finding new levels, new meanings

    Italo Calvino
  • Cesare Pavese's cool, contemplative voice was the most important among postwar Italian writers

    W. S. DiPiero
  • Insinuating, haunting and lyrically pervasive

    The New York Times Book Review

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