The Tartar Steppe

The Tartar Steppe (Italian: Il deserto dei Tartari, lit.’The desert of the Tartars’) is a novel by Italian author Dino Buzzati, published in 1940.
The novel tells the story of a young officer, Giovanni Drogo, and his life spent guarding the Bastiani Fortress, an old, unmaintained border fortress. The works had been heavily influenced by the 1904 poem Waiting for the Barbarians written by Constantine Cavafy. The English translation was done by Stuart C. Hood. The novel was ranked 29th on Le Monde’s 100 Books of the Century list.


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by Dino Buzzati