Posthumous Diary / Diario Postumo

Eugenio Montale

Translated and with an Introduction by Jonathan Galassi

Posthumous Diary is not only about solitude and despair and the fear of death; it is also about those things that alleviate existential loneliness: the friendship that comes of shared interests and beliefs, and the consolations of art.

  • “There have been eloquent versions of Montale in English, but they did not catch his agonistic, complex relation to his predecessors: Foscolo, Leopardi, D'Annunzio. Montale culminates what Dante and Petrarch began, and Galassi subtly conveys this fulfillment of Italian poetic tradition.” —Harold Bloom