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Dec 03, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: Denied an outlet for his creative powers by Fascist control of literature, Pavese translated many 20th-century U.

Personalmente ritengo che la scrittura di Pavese non abbia retto, come invece accade per altri scrittori, alla prova del tempo. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mar 04, Andrew De Sousa rated it really liked it.

Return to Book Page. They run into the wealthy and debauched Poli slumped at the xolline of his car, a man slightly older than them, who is one for excess, drugs, and high living, and even though they think him a bit of a fool, in the way he carries himself with profanity, somehow they are fascinated by his ways, and start to linger in his uneven world, ending up eventually at his plush villa in the hills, a place of parties and heavy drinking with wild Milanese socialites.

I’m being unfair though. The novel begins in Turin, before the narrator – a young man, and his two friends, Oreste and Pieretto spend a sun-baked summer in the Piedmont countryside. Several other works are notable, especially La bella estate ; in The Political Prisoner, Paperbackpages. Tre amici universitari trascorrono i mesi estivi a Torino sentendosi vivi soprattutto durante le scorribande notturne piene di chiacchiere e multiformi, per quanto lontane, tentazioni.

Beautifully evocative in terms of place and time, Pavese uses the sweeping hills, vineyards, and small villages of northern Italy to cooline a very outdoor, wide fiavolo feel, from wildlife and insects buzzing, to the hot dazzling sun during day, and a big glowing moon at night looking down on the characters. Some wonderful passages of writing were slightly let down by the novels tonality, which felt a little out of key, but I still found much to savour.


He attended school and later, university, in Turin. The narrator along with Pieretto, his sardonic friend, and the more passionate Oreste, end up staying with Poli, a wealthy io, larded with cocaine and ennui.

In what is Pavese’s most personal novel, The Devil in the Hills is a tale of lost youth and friendship, changing from adolescence to manhood, set in the Italian landscape of Pavese’s own boyhood.

Aug 04, Todd Grimson rated it it was amazing. Sometimes this works out fine, but in this case i felt like i just read a disjointed story of some bratty kids drinking and talking. May 07, Ian rated it really liked it. Every time I see one of them I want to punch them really hard, their ironic posturing of safe-retro-violence makes me diavollo to bring down real violence on to them.

But all of those things just seemed to screaming for my attention and anything subtle in the novel got lost in the ‘look how cool’ I was in my youth feeling that the novel has.

Shortly after receiving the Strega Prize for it, Pavese committed suicide in his hotel room by taking an overdose of pills. Lists with This Book.

Cesare Pavese: Il diavolo sulle colline / The devil in the hills / Der Teufel auf den Hügeln

In perfetta sintonia con lo stile di vita dell’epoca ma, alla lettura, un po’ pesante. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A founder and, until his death, an editor of the su,le house of Einaudi, Pavese also edited the anti-Fascist review La Cultura. I only mention my obvious disdain for hipsters am I a hipster, well obviously no, almost no one will admit to being one, but while my tastes border along the Do you know whom Paveae along with just about sille other person collinf the civilized world hate?

This had the effect of making his own prose especially lucid and clear when translated into English. The Devil in the Hills by Cesare Pavese. Jul 16, Jonathan yates rated it it was ok. The narrator along with Pieretto, his sardonic friend, and the more passiona Initially I read this for the sole reason that it is set in the Piedmontese hills of Italy, where we will be holidaying this summer. Ma la trama non mi ha particolarmente coinvolta, l’ho trovata “lenta”.


Hipsters with tattoos or jewelry of brass-knuckles. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

I kept thinking of three things while reading the beginning of this novel. L’ho trovato a tratti noioso, ripetitivo e con dei dialoghi spezzettati che poco aggiungono alla definizione dei personaggi.

The Devil in the Hills by Cesare Pavese

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I know I am. The novel collie with the sickening observation about how cool the narrator and his friends are because they stay up allnight and talk about important things that no one else in their provincial little town could understand. Iliti Djavo na brezuljku.

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Jun 27, Greg rated it liked it Shelves: Yeah, towards the end there are some interesting parts to the novel, but all in all it’s just the same as reading any novel that’s primary raison d’etre seems to be to show how ‘cool’ the characters are in divolo hipster-ish note, when other hipster-ish characters arrive in this book, the main hipsters immediately feel like the out of towners are poseurs, see hipsters have never liked other hipsters and can feel the inauthenticity immediatelyit’s just a matter of substituting different activities for different time periods.

Antonioni mixed with Rohmer. Do you know whom I colliine with just about every other person in the civilized world hate? His first volume of lyric poetry, Lavorare stanca ; Hard Labour,followed his release from prison. It is Pavese’s homeland and his affection for the landscape and climate are evident throughout. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

I know that there is more this novel than the vapidness of praising laying out in the sun all day, partying all night, talking in nonsensical paradoxes just to infuriate anyone stupid enough to try to engage in a conversation with some of the characters.