THE BURNING BRAND (368 pp.)Cesore PaveseWalker ($7.50).
THE HOUSE ON THE HILL (192 pp.)Cesore PaveseWalker ($3.95).
At his death in 1950, Italy's Cesare Pavese was a novelist ranked by his countrymen with Elio Vittorini and Alberto Moravia. He was also a highly respected poet and the foremost interpreter and translator of American literature in Italy. Ironically, he is little known in the U.S., perhaps because he wrote a poet's kind of novel (The Moon and the Bonfires) whose language faded in translations.
The Burning Brand, the journal Pavese kept from 1935-50. may well bring his novels into vogue. It is a haunting book, at...