The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati

The novel follows a young officer who spends his entire life waiting for an attack that never comes at a remote desert outpost. The protagonist's life is consumed by the monotonous routine and the fear of the unknown, reflecting on the human condition and the dread of the passage of time. The desert symbolizes the emptiness and futility of life, while the constant anticipation of a foreign invasion that never happens represents the anxiety and fear of death.

The 328th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 997

Since this book was first published in 1940, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 997.0.

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