The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati

Often Likened to Kafka's The Castle, this great Italian novel, first published in 1945, is both a scathing criticism of military life and a meditation on the human thirst for glory. It tells of young Giovanni Drago, who is posted to a remote fort overlooking the vast Tartar steppe, the first line of defense against a rumored barbarian invasion. Although not intending to stay, Giovanni one day finds that years have passed, almost without his noticing, as he has come to share his fellow-soldiers' patient vigil. At last the fort is downgraded and Giovanni's ambitions fade - until the hour that the enemy begins massing on the desolate horizon...

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  2. - 29th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  3. - 74th on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  4. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
El Desierto de los Tartaros / The Tartar Steppe (Literatura / Literature) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 5901565 $182.99 2006
The Tartar Steppe (Verba Mundi Book) Paperback 307537 $17.95 $129.00 2005
The Tartar Steppe Paperback 1221854 $10.70 $6.68
The Tartar Steppe (Carcanet Collection) Hardcover 8201847 $222.31 $40.00 1983
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El Desierto de Los Tartaros (Spanish Edition) Paperback 13179047 $99.73
The Tartar Steppe Paperback 5253804 $14.95 $7.99 1985