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Dreaming of the USA

The Writings and Translations of Cesare Pavese

September 27, 2023
6:30 pm

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Co-organized with
Fondazione Cesare Pavese

In collaboration with
Ragusa Foundation

Dreaming of the USA
The Writings and Translations of Cesare Pavese

Closing event of the 2023 Pavese Festival

Round Table with:
Jhumpa Lahiri, Barnard College, author and translator
Brian Robert Moore, translator
Iuri Moscardi, CUNY Graduate Center

Followed by the Award Ceremony of the 2023 Premio Pavese to:
Rosemary Salomone, St. John’s University

With the participation of
Pierluigi Vaccaneo, Director, Fondazione Cesare Pavese


The focus of this round table is the academic research commissioned by the Fondazione Cesare Pavese to Iuri Moscardi into the materials donated to the foundation by the family of Oreste Molina, a former colleague of Pavese’s at the Einaudi publishing house. These materials include 21 books by American and British authors that Pavese read, studied, and translated during the 1930s. The texts include Pavese’s hand-written notes, comments, and marginalia which allow us to reconstruct his encounter with American and British literature and his approach to translation. This research will be published in the September issue of Italica.

Organized by the Fondazione Cesare Pavese, the Pavese Festival was launched in 2001 as a tribute to Cesare Pavese in his hometown, Santo Stefano Belbo. Mixing music, art, theater, and literature, the Festival invites prominent guests from the Italian literary and musical scene to explore Pavese’s themes and works. Throughout the years, the Festival has turned into an event not just for Pavese enthusiasts but also for visitors of a unique landscape, acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Taking place in September – close to Cesare Pavese‘s birthday, who was born there on September 9, 1908 – the Festival offers the opportunity to discover the Langhe region during the key period of the grape harvest. The 2023 Pavese Festival will take place from September 5 to 10, and again on September 15 and 16 in Santo Stefano Belbo. It will also feature a series of side events, both locally and across Italy, and will end in New York on September 27 with a celebration of Cesare Pavese’s passion for American literature and culture. For the first time, the Pavese Festival will be paired with the Pavese Prize: the awarding ceremony of the latter is scheduled on September 10, for an all-round homage to the writer, poet, publisher, translator and critic. Each edition of the Festival also includes an exhibition, which this year features the latest additions to the Foundation: the materials of the Molina and Vaudagna archives, as well as the personal library of Lorenzo Mondo, together with the first editions of the works of Italo Calvino, on loan from the Fondazione Mancini Carini on the occasion of Calvino’s centenary.

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