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Title:
Cesare Pavese
Author:
O'Healy, Áine.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, [1988]

©1988
Physical Description:
x, 178 pages ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805782424
Format :
Book

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O'Healy's study upholds the high standards of the Twayne volumes dedicated to Italian authors (such as J. Becker's Eugenio Montale, CH, Apr '87). The author, a specialist of modern Italian literature, has written an excellent study that not only gathers together the critical insights of earlier Italian and American studies of Pavese, but also stands as a significant contribution in its own right to the clearing away of many of the myths and misunderstandings concerning his life and work perpetuated by, among others, D. Fernandez and D. Lajolo. Relying rightly on the 1985 study by Tibor Wlassics, Pavese: falso e vero: vita, poetica, narrativa (1985), in which a rigorous refutation of many critical cliches is successfully carried out, O'Healy meticulously avoids either ideologically or psychoanalytically distorted readings of Pavese's contribution to Italian culture and letters. She provides a succinct biographical sketch based on the known facts of Pavese's life, followed by incisive readings of his major prose and poetical works. Throughout, O'Healy emphasizes the importance of the questione della lingua--the creation of a national literary language--to Pavese's corpus. She also details his important contribution as a cultural leader and innovator in his work as editor, translator, and essayist. The annotated bibliography is highly useful. The book is written with clarity and grace. Strongly recommended for graduate and undergraduate libraries as an excellent introduction in English for nonspecialists and a valuable addition for specialists to the excellent recent work on Pavese both here and in Italy. -R. West, University of Chicago