The Moon and the Bonfires
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Pavese's seductive masterpiece of memory and betrayal in the Italian countryside, in a vivid new translation by Tim Parks
Having made his fortune in America, Eel is magnetically drawn back to the Piedmontese countryside where he grew up poor and illegitimate. Spending the summer wandering its valleys and vineyards with his childhood friend Nuto, Eel obsessively returns in memory to the farm where he worked as an adolescent, and to his employer's beautiful daughters. The landscape and its people seem locked in timeless rituals; but as Eel discovers the secret stories of the partisans who hid out in the hills during the war, he comes to recognize that the truth is both more complicated and more disturbing.
Autore: Cesare Pavese
Edizione: Penguin Classics 2021