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Salvatore Quasimodo (1901–1972)

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About the Author

Born in Sicily and trained as an engineer, Quasimodo was brought into Italian literary circles by his brother-in-law Elio Vittorini, who drew him to Florence and introduced him to Umberto Saba, Eugenio Montale, and other contributors to the modernist journal Solaria. In the late 1930s, Quasimodo mostrar mais gave up engineering for journalism and literature, becoming editor in chief of the weekly Il Tempo and professor of Italian literature in Milan. His poetic life was divided into a hermetic period that lasted through World War II and a period of open commitment to social-humanistic causes that lasted until his death. To the first period belong the volumes Waters and Lands (1930), Sunken Oboe (1932), and Erato and Apollyon (1936), which together with the "new poems" written after 1936, were collected in And It Is Suddenly Evening (1942). The collection is characterized by what has been called Quasimodo's "poetics of the word"---a genuine hermeticism that contrasts with the "bareness" of Montale's effort to strip away ornamentation and with Ungaretti's discursive "imaginings." In creating a "myth of Sicily," Quasimodo sought its roots in the ancient Greek lyric poets and in the Roman poets closest to them, like Catullus and Virgil. That took him into his second poetic period, of disillusionment with his Edenlike mythical image of Sicily, expressed in the volumes Day after Day (1947), Life Is No Dream (1949), and The False and True (1956), followed later by The Incomparable Land (1958) and To Give and to Have (1966). He was a translator of Ovid, Shakespeare, Moliere, Ezra Pound and E. E. Cummings. When he received the Nobel Prize in 1959, it was especially noted that his best poetry expresses "with classic fire . . . the tragic experience of life in our time." (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Salvatore Quasimodo

Tutte le poesie (1983) — Autor — 122 cópias, 1 resenha
Ed E Subito Sera (1988) 62 cópias
Barabbas [1961 film] (1961) — Autor — 60 cópias
Lirici greci (1940) — Tradutor — 37 cópias
Penguin Modern European Poets : Quasimodo : selected poems (1965) — Autor — 34 cópias, 1 resenha
Poesie (1992) 19 cópias
Antologia Palatina (1992) 13 cópias
Fiore dell'Antologia palatina (1958) — Tradutor, algumas edições12 cópias
To Give and To Have (1966) 11 cópias
53 poesie (1996) 10 cópias
Life is not a dream (1949) 9 cópias
De mooiste van Salvatore Quasimodo (2004) 9 cópias, 1 resenha
Giorno dopo giorno (2005) 7 cópias
Debit and Credit (1972) 6 cópias, 1 resenha
Gesammelte Gedichte (1968) 6 cópias
La terra impareggiabile 5 cópias, 1 resenha
Le opere (1979) 5 cópias
Autobiografia per immagini (2001) 5 cópias, 1 resenha
Il falso e vero verde (1960) 5 cópias
Dikter 4 cópias
Gedichten 4 cópias
Obra poètica 3 cópias, 1 resenha
Poemes (1965) 2 cópias
Poesias 2 cópias, 1 resenha
Poesie scelte 2 cópias
La vita non è sogno (1959) 2 cópias
Il poeta a teatro (1997) 2 cópias
Oboe sommerso 2 cópias
Ein offener Bogen (1989) 2 cópias
Leonida di Taranto 1 exemplar(es)
''PEQUENA HISTORIA'' 1 exemplar(es)
Dare e avere, 1959-1965 1 exemplar(es)
Leonida di Taranto 1 exemplar(es)
Opere scelte 1 exemplar(es)
Dare e avere: 1959-1965 1 exemplar(es)
Carteggio 1 exemplar(es)
LIRICI MINORI DEL XIII E XIV SECOLO 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Opere 1 exemplar(es)
obra completa 1 exemplar(es)
Oeuvres poétiques (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
25 poemas 1 exemplar(es)
Notturni del re silenzioso (1989) 1 exemplar(es)
Vento a Tindari 1 exemplar(es)
Quasimodo (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
Poezje 1 exemplar(es)
Un anno di 365 1 exemplar(es)
Dall'antologia palatina 1 exemplar(es)
Epigrammi (2004) 1 exemplar(es)
Todos los poemas 1 exemplar(es)
Poemas 1 exemplar(es)
Poèmes 1 exemplar(es)
Obra poética premi Nobel 1959 1 exemplar(es), 1 resenha
Plegaria 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Oedipus Rex (0429) — Tradutor, algumas edições6,692 cópias, 69 resenhas
World Poetry: An Anthology of Verse from Antiquity to Our Time (1998) — Contribuinte — 452 cópias, 1 resenha
Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993) — Contribuinte — 338 cópias, 2 resenhas
Electra [Greek text] (1973) — Tradutor, algumas edições114 cópias, 1 resenha
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (2001) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias, 2 resenhas
Kaksikymmentäyksi Nobel-runoilijaa (1976) 11 cópias, 1 resenha
The Sixties, Number 7, Winter 1964 (1964) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
Dall'Odissea : traduzioni — Tradutor, algumas edições1 exemplar(es)


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Quasimodo, Salvatore
Outros nomes
QUASIMODO, Salvatore
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de enterro
Cimitero Monumentale, Milan, Italy
Local de nascimento
Modica, Italy
Local de falecimento
Naples, Italy
art critic
Quasimodo, Alessandro (son)
Vittorini, Elio (brother in law)
Italian Communist Party
Nobel Prize (Literature, 1959)



Among the Nobel literature prizewinners most of us have never heard of, the Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo, the 1959 laureate, must count as the one with the most memorable name. Not that that is in any way relevant to his achievement, but it does leave you wondering when you first see it whether it could be some kind of convenient made-up name for those years when the members of the awards committee can’t decide on a winner and decide to share the prize money between themselves instead.

Quasimodo was born in Sicily, the son of a railway worker, in 1901. As a small child, he experienced the aftermath of the terrible 1908 Messina earthquake: as he describes in a late poem dedicated to his father, the family lived in a freight car in the ruins of the station whilst his father helped to keep the trains moving.

As a young man, he worked as a surveyor in various parts of Italy: many of his early poems are semi-nostalgic evocations of the Sicilian landscape as recalled from exile in the north. They are often extremely beautiful lyrics, but very much in the style of that time, inward-looking and static. This all changes with the poems published after the end of World War II (but often written earlier), when Quasimodo starts to engage with the horrors of that part of Italian and European history. It seems likely that those poems were the ones that caught the mood of the times and the attention of the Nobel committee. And the very tangible anger, grief and sympathy expressed there still have a pretty powerful impact even now. There’s also some very appealing stuff in his later poems, particularly “Al padre” where he remembers his father, and “Nell’Isola”, where he imagines a craftsman building a house in Sicily.

This short Dutch anthology, with about seventy poems from across Quasimodo’s whole career, was probably a sufficient dose to get a good impression of what he was about. The parallel translations are rather plain and literal, but they stick closely to the structure of the Italian text and are thus very useful if you’re trying to make sense of the Italian. The introduction, summarising Quasimodo’s life and work in about 20 pages, is also very handy.
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thorold | Feb 13, 2024 |
Murtra | Nov 23, 2020 |
Murtra | Sep 15, 2020 |
Un minuscolo libro con quattordici immagini dello scrittore, premio Nobel nel 1959. Le fotografie dall'infanzia all'età matura sono accompagnate da annotazioni e commenti dello stesso.
cometahalley | Jan 4, 2018 |



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