Salvatore Quasimodo

THE LAUREATE: Nobel biography and Wikipedia page

WHAT I’M READING: Allen Mandelbaum’s selection and translations

REVIEW: Quasimodo seems to write a world devoid of humans in general. A lot of his poems show the effects of people, but it’s very rare that he writes about any actual people being physically present. He also is clearly a modernist; like Montale, he has rejected the notion of the poet as documenter of the beautiful in favor of the true. Plus, he wrote a poem about Sputnik.

RECOMMENDED: Yes

WHAT’S NEXT: Well, I’m going to continue the Italian theme and read one of Grazia Deledda’s novels The Church of Solitude

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