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Cesar Pavese

For everyone death has a look.
Death will come with your eyes.
It will be like terminating a vice,
as seen in the mirror
a dead face re-emerging,
like listening to closed lips.

We’ll go down the abyss in silence.

— Cesar Pavese, from “Death Will Come With Your Eyes,” Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi. Translation by Linh Dinh (Einaudi 1966) Originally published 1951.


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