cover image DISAFFECTIONS: Complete Poems 1930–1950

DISAFFECTIONS: Complete Poems 1930–1950

Cesare Pavese, , trans. from the Italian by Geoffrey Brock. . Copper Canyon, $17 (372pp) ISBN 978-1-55659-174-7

Born in 1908, Pavese completed a Ph.D. thesis on Walt Whitman and became one of Italy's leading translators of American writing before committing suicide in 1950. This bilingual edition begins with the brilliant Work's Tiring, a 1936 book written while jailed for "anti-fascist activities," and ends with a poem written in English: "Some one has died/ long time ago—/ some one who tried/ but didn't know." (Dec.)