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I’m not sure if it was the story or the translation, but this was disjointed and there was very little to grasp on to as far as a story or a character. May 07, Ian rated it really liked it. They run into the wealthy and debauched Poli slumped at the wheel of his car, a man slightly older than them, who is one for excess, drugs, and high living, and even though they think him a bit of a fool, in the way he carries himself with profanity, somehow they are fascinated by his ways, and start to linger in his uneven world, ending up eventually at his plush villa in the hills, a place of parties and heavy drinking with wild Milanese socialites.

Il diavolo sulle colline : Cesare Pavese :

Tre amici universitari trascorrono i mesi estivi a Torino sentendosi vivi soprattutto durante le scorribande notturne piene di chiacchiere e multiformi, per quanto lontane, tentazioni. Cesare Pavese was born in a small town in which his father, an official, owned property. Luis rated it colljne liked it Apr 09, There was a lush cinematic feel to it for the most part, that especially towards the end had me thinking of Fellini.

Trivia About The Devil in the I only mention my obvious disdain for hipsters am I a hipster, well obviously no, almost no one will admit to being one, but while my tastes diavlo along the Do you know whom I along with just about every other person in the civilized world hate? The Devil in the Hills by Cesare Pavese.

Cesare Pavese: Il diavolo sulle colline / The devil in the hills / Der Teufel auf den Hügeln

Between and he lived with partisans of the anti-Fascist Resistance in the hills of Piedmont. Dogadjaji nemaju oznaceni vremenski period. Partly through the influence of Melville, Pavese became preoccupied with dixvolo, symbol, and archetype. The story didn’t really develop in the ways I’d hoped, and one could argue it kind of runs into a brick wall, but in terms of the pleasures and apprehension faced with young men of this era it works pretty well.


I know that there is more this novel than the vapidness of praising laying out in the sun all day, partying all night, talking in nonsensical paradoxes just to infuriate anyone stupid enough to try to engage in a conversation with some of the characters. Return to Book Page. Now that I have finished the novel I know that I’m being a little unfair in dismissing the novel as an early proto-hipster oh man you might have called them different things but the ‘s I’m sure were jam packed with some equivalent of hipsters novel.

View all 8 comments. Several other works are notable, especially La bella estate ; in The Political Prisoner, Likovi plitki i neshvatljivi. I know I am. Need to re-read once I am more fluent in italian. It is testament to Pavese’s skill that I found zulle empathising with the characters, precisely the sort of idle student types that normally wind me up with their ignorance and self-absorption.

Erika rated it really liked it Jun 10, Refresh and try again. Leaving aside all historical shit, this novel is basically just a me and my cool friends that are so misunderstood do some stuff that we think is cool and so much above what the ‘squares’ do or understand. Open Preview See a Problem? The narrator along with Pieretto, his sardonic diavol, and the more passiona Initially I read this for the sole reason that it is set in the Piedmontese hills of Italy, where we will be holidaying this summer.

Beautifully evocative in terms of place and time, Pavese uses the sweeping hills, vineyards, and small villages of northern Italy to create a very outdoor, wide open feel, from wildlife and insects buzzing, to the hot dazzling sun during day, and a big glowing moon at night looking down on the characters.

Iliti Djavo na brezuljku. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Dec 03, Steven Godin rated it really liked it Shelves: Salvatore Falcone rated it liked it Sep 03, The bulk ciavolo Pavese’s work, mostly short stories and novellas, appeared between the end of the war and his death.

To ask other readers questions about The Devil in the Hillsplease sign up. One was a friend of mine when I was about the age of the characters here, and how much he was like them and how even then his affectations annoyed me, the second thing doavolo the scenes in The Subterraneans where the Kerouac and Co. Sometimes this works out fine, but in this case i felt like i just read a disjointed story of some bratty kids drinking diavolp talking. I only mention my obvious disdain for hipsters am I a hipster, well obviously no, almost no one will admit to being one, but while my tastes border along the tastes of aging hipsters at times I just have nothing positive going for me that would make me at all ‘hip’, but feel free to think of me as one if you would like and I might be thinking of you as one too because this book is basically a hipster novel, except that xiavolo from Italy in the ‘s or early 30’s I’m too bored to look up exactly when, let’s just say before Mussolini, or before WWII.


Aug 04, Todd Grimson rated it it was amazing. L’ho trovato a tratti noioso, ripetitivo e con dei dialoghi spezzettati che poco aggiungono alla definizione dei personaggi. Mar 04, Andrew De Sousa rated it really liked it. Published October 1st by Peter Owen Publishers first published Tu fiuti l’aria e senti il bosco e ti accorgi che piante e bestie se ne infischiano di te. Denied an outlet for his creative powers by Fascist control of literature, Pavese translated many 20th-century U.

His prose is simple, matter-of-fact, and a little turbulent in places I’m simply putting that down to the translationbut what I liked about the novel overall is that he never gives too much away, and in the three friends Pavese puts them in moments of boastful self confidence, and pavse tension when dealing with certain situations, that made them feel like children again. But all of those things just seemed to screaming for my attention and anything subtle in the novel got lost in the ‘look how cool’ I was in my youth feeling that the novel has.