Peasants Wake for Fellini's *Casanova* and Other Poems

Author: Andrea Zanzotto
Edited and translated by John P. Welle and Ruth Feldman. Drawings by Federico Fellini. Additional illustrations by Augusto Murer
Paper – $28
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1997
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About the Book

This marvelously astute translation of Andrea Zanzotto's poetry brings one of Italy's greatest contemporary poets to English for the first time in over twenty years. The main body of this volume is a unique film poem that grew out of Zanzotto's collaboration with Federico Fellini on the film Casanova. The poem's beauty is enhanced by its presentation in the original Veneto dialect, along with contemporary Italian and English. With reference to Finnegans Wake and utilizing Fellini-inspired myth, the tri-lingual play of the poetry is rich in layers, rich in meanings. Including drawings by Fellini and illustrations by Murer, this volume also contains poems dedicated to Montale, Pasolini, and Charlie Chaplin--and the first English translation of Zanzotto's poetry on the tragedy of Bosnia-- all together in an unusual and beautiful format.

Supported by the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame


"Andrea Zanzotto is one of the great poets of the last fifty years, an audacious innovator whose work evokes the imaginative range and depth of Hölderlin and Leopardi. His social vision, his formal and tonal variety, are all well represented here." -- Michael Palmer, author of At Passages, winner of the America Award for Poetry 1995


Winner of the Raiziss/de Palchi Award for the best translation of modern Italian poetry, 1999. Chosen as a winner of the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show in the typographic category, 1998.