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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1959 was awarded to Salvatore Quasimodo "for his lyrical poetry, which with classical fire expresses the tragic experience of life in our own times".

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I haven't read much of Quasimodo's poetry, but years ago I was transfixed, and to this day remain enthralled by the simplicity of these lines: Ognuno sta solo Sul cuore della terra Trafitto da un raggio di sole Ed e subito sera ...
/Celica, United States

Waters and Land (Acque e terre)

Salvatore Quasimodo was born in Siracuse (Sicily-Italy) on 20 August 1901. After spending a few years at the Engineering College in Rome; he studied Greek and Latin under Prof Tindaro. His rise in the world of Letters was phenomenal - a heap of National and International prizes from 1943-1956 and the Nobel Prize in 1959. I like and recommend his "Waters and Earth". The most touching Poem (comprising 3 lines only) is titled 'Ed e subito sera' which runs thus: Everyone stands alone on the heart of the Earth/Transfixed by a Sun-Ray/And it is suddenly night. The Sun, the Earth and human loneliness - what a triangle!
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
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