Cesare Pavese

1908 (Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy) – 1950 (Turin)

Ginzburg was a fellow-pupil at a high-school in Turin with an impressive record for nurturing intellectuals and anti-fascists who contributed to post-WWII democracy in Italy. Both Levi and Calvino met Pavese through being employed at the publisher Einaudi (co-founded by Ginzburg); he befriended and helped introduce the younger Calvino to leftist politics.