Dino Buzzati(1906—1972) was a painter, playwright, poet, novelist, short-story writer, opera librettist, mountaineer, and science-fiction writer. From the age of twenty-two until his death, he worked as a journalist with the Italian newspaperCorriere della Sera. The New York Review Children’s Collection published hisThe Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily. Marina Harssis a translator and dance writer in New York City. Recent translations include Elizabeth Subercaseaux’sA Week in October, Alberto Moravia’sConjugal Love, and Pier Paolo Pasolini’sStories from the City of God.