Dino Buzzati Traverso Biography

Biography

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Dino Buzzati was born in 1906 in the village of San Pellegrino in the Dolomite mountains near the city of Belluno, where his family owned a summer home. He spent many summers there as he grew up, and he never lost his taste for hiking and mountain climbing. His father, Giulio Cesare Buzzati, was a professor of international law at the University of Pavia, and his son also took a degree in law at the University of Milan. Dino Buzzati chose another path, however, and became a journalist with the Milanese newspaper Corriere della Sera in 1928. Most of his life he worked with that newspaper as an editor, reporter, correspondent, and critic. He reported on warfare in Ethiopia, and during World War II, he was a correspondent reporting on several important sea battles from the deck of the cruiser Fiume and other navy ships. At the age of sixty, he married Almerina Antoniazzi, who edited his papers and his sixty-three diaries after his death in 1972.

Dino Buzzati Traverso Biography

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Dino Buzzati Traverso was born at San Pellegrino, near Belluno, in the Dolomite Alps, where his family possessed a summerhouse. The mountains, to which he returned every summer, played an important part in his life (he became a passionate Alpine climber and skier) and influenced his narratives. He received all of his schooling, including a law degree, in Milan, where the Buzzati family resided even after the death, in 1920, of his father, Giulio Cesare Buzzati, a professor of international law. As a teenager, together with his friend Arturo Brambilla, Buzzati developed a passion for Egyptology and an intense interest in the designs of illustrator Arthur Rackham.

In 1928, Buzzati began a journalistic career for Corriere della Sera, the leading Italian newspaper, eventually becoming a chief editor. During World War II, he was a war correspondent with the Italian navy. Although he was only thirty-five years old, he feared that he was losing his youth and his strength, that he would no longer be able to climb his beloved mountains. Indeed, Buzzati would constantly measure his physical strength against the mountain: Every year the Dolomites seemed to him to become taller and more difficult to climb, while he worried over the slightest difficulty, and, like his characters, expected only catastrophes.

Buzzati was married late in life, at the age of sixty. His wife, Almerina Antoniazzi, became curator of his many papers, including sixty-three volumes of his diary, after he died of cancer in 1972.

Dino Buzzati Traverso Biography

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Dino Buzzati was given the name Dino Buzzati Traverso at his birth at his family’s summer house at San Pellegrino, near Belluno, in the Dolomite Alps, a setting that not only explains his passion for alpine climbing and skiing but also influenced his narrative works. His well-to-do family (which had German governesses and a chauffeur-driven car) was of Venetian origin but resided in Milan, where Buzzati received all of his schooling, through which he earned a law degree. When his father, Giulio Cesare Buzzati, who was professor of international law at the University of Pavia and at the Bocconi University of Milan, died in 1920, Buzzati was only fourteen years old. He had an older sister, Nina, and an older brother, Augusto, as well as a younger brother, Adriano. The day after his father’s death, Buzzati started to keep a diary, a habit he maintained until the end of his life, leaving sixty-three volumes in manuscript. His mother, Alba Mantovani Buzzati, was very close to him; he lived with her until her death in 1960. At the age of sixty, in December, 1966, Buzzati married Almerina Antoniazzi, who became curator of his many papers when he succumbed to cancer in 1972.

After serving in the military at the Scuola Allievi Ufficiali (officers’ school) of the Caserma Teulié (Teulié barracks) in Milan from 1926 to 1927, Buzzati began a career as a journalist in 1928. As a crime reporter for Corriere della sera, the leading Italian newspaper, he...

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Dino Buzzati Traverso Biography

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Dino Buzzati (bew-DZAH-tee) was born Dino Buzzati Traverso at San Pellegrino, near Belluno, in the Dolomite Alps, where his family possessed a summerhouse. The mountains, to which he returned every summer, played an important part in his life (he became a passionate Alpine climber and skier) and influenced his narratives. He received all of his schooling, including a law degree, in Milan, where the Buzzati family resided even after the death, in 1920, of his father, Giulio Cesare Buzzati, a professor of international law. As a teenager, together with his friend Arturo Brambilla, Buzzati developed a passion for Egyptology and an intense interest in the designs of illustrator Arthur Rackham.{$S[A]Traverso, Dino Buzzati;Buzzati, Dino}

In 1928, Buzzati began a journalistic career for Corriere della Sera, the leading Italian newspaper, eventually becoming a chief editor. During World War II, he was a war correspondent with the Italian navy. Although he was only thirty-five years old, he feared that he was losing his youth and his strength, that he would no longer be able to climb his beloved mountains. Indeed, Buzzati would constantly measure his physical strength against the mountain: every year the Dolomites seemed to him to become taller and more difficult to climb, while he worried over the slightest difficulty and, like his characters, expected only catastrophes.

Buzzati was married late in life, at the age of sixty. His wife, Almerina Antoniazzi, became...

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