Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) came from a distinguished family that had long been resident in the northern Italian region of the Veneto. His mother was a veterinarian; his father, a professor of international law. Buzzati studied law at the University of Milan and, at the age of twenty-two, went to work for Corriere della Sera
, where he remained for the rest of his life. He served in World War II as a journalist connected to the Italian navy and on his return published the book for which he is most famous, The Tartar Steppe
. A gifted artist as well as writer, Buzzati was the author of five novels and numerous short stories, as well as books for children, including The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily
(published in The New York Review Children’s Collection).