Beppe Fenoglio

Beppe Fenoglio (1922–1963) was an Italian writer, translator, and soldier. He briefly studied at the University of Turin before being drafted into the Italian Army in 1943. During the Nazi occupation of Italy, Fenoglio fought in the resistance. After the war, he worked as a wine merchant and wrote novels and stories that capture rural life in Northern Italy and his war experiences fighting against fascist groups.  He is best known for his 1952 cycle of stories, The Twenty-Three Days of the City of Alba, and for the novel Johnny The Partisan. He died of cancer at the age of forty.