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  • An astonishing portrait of an innocent on the verge of discovering the cruelties of love... an inimitable read... there are whispers here of the future work of Elena Ferrante

    Elizabeth Strout, from the introduction
  • One of the few essential novelists of the mid-twentieth century

    Susan Sontag
  • [Pavese writes books of] extraordinary depth where one never stops finding new levels, new meanings

    Italo Calvino
  • There is something about [Pavese] that is insinuating, haunting and lyrically pervasive

    New York Times Book Review
  • Cesare Pavese's cool, contemplative voice was the most important among postwar Italian writers

    W. S. DiPiero
  • Pavese, to me, is a constant source of inspiration

    Jhumpa Lahiri
  • For my trip to Los Angeles, I'm packing Cesare Pavese's The Beautiful Summer, with an introduction by Elizabeth Strout, a slender account of love in 1930s Italy

    Jessie Burton, bestselling author of 'The Miniaturist', Guardian Best Summer Books 2018
  • Reminds one very much of the trajectory of the relationship between two young people at the heart of André Aciman's Call Me By Your Name

    RTE Recommended Summer Reads
  • Penguin's re-release of Cesare Pavese's The Beautiful Summer (as choice a pick as its title implies) is simply gorgeous

    Marie Claire - Best Books to Read This Summer
  • We must be grateful to the Penguin European Writers series, a precious venture in these dark times

    John Banville

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