Cuttlefish Bones (Ossi di seppia)
A great book of poetry, full of "sad wonder", but also of the amazing colors of living and feeling.
/Salvatore Murgia, Italy
If you're able to read it in Italian you'll not need to ask me why I like it...
/Vito Corciulo, Italy
Montale expresses deeply the feeling of every man who can't catch the sense of his life but anyway tries to understand what is the profound meaning of the world. His poetry makes me love literature, and thanks to his work I'm going to study Italian literature at university.
Montale's description of a peaceful collision between senses, the solitude of man and his outlook on a weary future offers an extroardinary insight on the problematics we, as individuals, face timelessly. All this is done with such harmony and blending synaesthesia, never omitting the deeply rooted love for the simplistic and pure nature of life.
/Francesca Brkic, Italy
The wonderful Ligurian landscape plunged in the noon light. And you discover in the height of Summer "the Evil of Living". An apparent quiet ... not bad for Montale's first collection of poems. By a young Italian poet.
The Storm and Other Things (La bufera e altro)
It's one of the best poems collections of the nineteenth century, so true and stirring.