The Devil in the Hills is the most personal of Pavese’s novels, an elegiac celebration of lost youth set in the landscape of his own boyhood — the hills, vineyards and villages of Piedmont.
Three young men spend away their sun-drenched summer talking, drinking — rarely sleeping. It is, one senses, the last summer that they will be able to indulge such idle pleasures. And in view of its transience, the prolonged leisure of their new, wealthy acquaintance Poli fascinates them. For awhile they linger in his world, in his decaying villa, half-appalled by his cocaine addiction, his blasphemy, his corrupt circle of friends but nonetheless mesmerized until autumn creeps upon the hillside, and the seasonal moment of leave-taking arrives …
Translated from the Italian by D.D. Paige
‘Dark and beautiful, The Devil in the Hills reads like an American Music Club album . . . It’s a tragic, brooding novel . . . Unmissable.’ — * * * * * Uncut
‘In this remarkable author, the compassionate moralist and the instinctive poet go hand in hand’ — Scotsman
‘The Devil in the Hills shows how ahead of his time he [Pavese] was’ — The Times
‘Erotic, but extraordinarily delicate and controlled’ — Guardian
‘Makes us realise how great a loss it was to modern fiction that Pavese died so young.’ — Sean O’Faolain
CESARE PAVESE (1908–1950) was born in the Italian region of Piedmont. Now considered one of Italy’s most distinctive writers, he was unable to publish his creative writing during the fascist era and instead channelled his energies into translating the work of some of the greatest English-language writers into Italian. He was imprisoned by the government in 1935 – inspiring his novel The Political Prisoner – and lived with the partisans from 1943 to 1945. The bulk of his work – stories, poems and novels – appeared between 1945 and his suicide in 1950.
|Date Published||5th January 2001|
The Devil In The Hills
- Product Code: Paperback
- Author: Cesare Pavese