Cesare Pavese was born in Santo Stefano Belbo (Piedmont) in 1908. Educated in Turin, he joined the publishing firm of Einaudi, for which he translated Joyce, Stein and Faulkner, among others. Arrested for anti-fascist activities in 1935, he served a term in prison in Calabria. His major collection of poetry, Lavorare Stanca, from which the poems in this issue are taken, was published after his release in 1936. His prose masterpiece, The Moon and the Bonfire was published in 1950, and in the same year he committed suicide. The poems in this issue of Stand are from Lavorare stanca© 1943 Guilio Einaudi Editore, Turin.