Clockwise counting 93/50: Cesare Pavese - The Moon and the Bonfires (1949) Aguilla ("the eel") grew up in poverty in rural Italy, went to America to change his life and then returns to the old country after the second world war. He finds that most of the people he had known are dead or disappeared. The story is a mix of nostalgic reminiscences and brutal discoveries, a neo-realistic portrait of Italian people and landscapes. Quite slow moving for such a short novel. Beautifully written but depressing. This seems to be considered Pavese's masterpiece and it is on the 1001 list, thus mandatory for obsessive list completionists.