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Primo Levi - Author

About the Author

Primo Levi was born in Turin in 1919 and trained as chemist. Arrested a member of the anti-fascist resistance during the war, he was deported to Auschwitz. His experiences there are described in his two classic autobiographical works, IF THIS IS A MAN and THE TRUCE.

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If This is a Man

If This is a Man

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Author: Primo Levi Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1988

Sharon Dogar, April 2011 Guest Editor: "Clear your desk. Send the children away for the weekend. Create an untrammelled space in your life and then read this book. Primo Levi gives thought and words to an experience (life in Auschwitz) that over half a century later the human race is still struggling to come to terms with. In processing his experience Levi refuses to become a victim of it. The questions raised by this book are endless. Levi died from a fall down a stairwell. Was it suicide, and if so, did that mean the camps had finally been bigger than he was, and therefore defined him? Having read If this is a Man countless times, my own view is different. If you have lived (as Levi did) with death as a constant companion, as a card that can be dealt at any moment from the hands of your jailors, then perhaps it might feel like a form of freedom to finally reclaim it for yourself. There are no words that can describe the scale of his achievement with this book. You’ve either read it or you haven’t. Life-changing."

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Conversations

Conversations

Author: Primo Levi, Tullio Regge Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2020

Fiche de lecture Si c'est un homme (Etude integrale)

Fiche de lecture Si c'est un homme (Etude integrale)

Author: Primo Levi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/02/2020

If This Is A Man/The Truce Hachette Essentials

If This Is A Man/The Truce Hachette Essentials

Author: Primo Levi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2019

The Hachette Essentials series comprises a collection of titles that are regarded as modern classics. A carefully and lovingly curated selection of distinctive, ground-breaking fiction and non-fiction titles published since 1950. Timeless. Relevant. Passionate. Unified as a series - distinctive as books. A good book is great. A great book is essential. With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known - PHILIP ROTH

The Last Interview Conversations with Giovanni Tesio

The Last Interview Conversations with Giovanni Tesio

Author: Primo Levi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2018

At the start of 1987, Primo Levi took part in a remarkable series of conversations about his early life with a friend and fellow writer, Giovanni Tesio. This book is the result of those meetings, originally intended to be the basis for an authorized biography and published here in English for the first time. In a densely packed dialogue, Levi responds to Tesio's tactful and never too insistent questions with a watchful readiness and candour, breaking through the reserve of his public persona to allow a more intimate self to emerge. Following the thread of memory, he lucidly discusses his family, his childhood, his education during the Fascist period, his adolescent friendships, his reading, his shyness and his passion for mountaineering, and recounts his wartime experience as a partisan and the terrible price it exacted from him and his comrades. Though we glimpse his later life as a writer, the story breaks off just before his deportation to Auschwitz owing to his sudden death. In The Last Interview, Levi the man, the witness, the chemist and the writer all unite to offer us a story which is also a window onto history. These conversations shed new light on Levi's life and will appeal to the many readers of this most eloquent witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.

The Last Interview Conversations with Giovanni Tesio

The Last Interview Conversations with Giovanni Tesio

Author: Primo Levi Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2018

At the start of 1987, Primo Levi took part in a remarkable series of conversations about his early life with a friend and fellow writer, Giovanni Tesio. This book is the result of those meetings, originally intended to be the basis for an authorized biography and published here in English for the first time. In a densely packed dialogue, Levi responds to Tesio's tactful and never too insistent questions with a watchful readiness and candour, breaking through the reserve of his public persona to allow a more intimate self to emerge. Following the thread of memory, he lucidly discusses his family, his childhood, his education during the Fascist period, his adolescent friendships, his reading, his shyness and his passion for mountaineering, and recounts his wartime experience as a partisan and the terrible price it exacted from him and his comrades. Though we glimpse his later life as a writer, the story breaks off just before his deportation to Auschwitz owing to his sudden death. In The Last Interview, Levi the man, the witness, the chemist and the writer all unite to offer us a story which is also a window onto history. These conversations shed new light on Levi's life and will appeal to the many readers of this most eloquent witness to the horrors of the Holocaust.

The Survivor

The Survivor

Author: Primo Levi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2018

'Back, away from here, drowned people, go. I haven't stolen anyone's place' A selection of poetry from the author of If this is a Man and The Periodic Table. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

Auschwitz Testimonies 1945-1986

Auschwitz Testimonies 1945-1986

Author: Primo Levi, Leonardo De Benedetti Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2017

In 1945, the day after liberation, Soviet soldiers in control of the Katowice camp in Poland asked Primo Levi and his fellow captive Leonardo De Benedetti to compile a detailed report on the sanitary conditions in Auschwitz. The result was 'Auschwitz Report', an extraordinary testimony and one of the first accounts of the extermination camps ever written. The report, published in a scientific journal in 1946, marked the beginnings of Levi's life-long work as writer, analyst and witness. In the subsequent four decades, Levi never ceased to recount his experiences in Auschwitz in a wide variety of texts, many of which are assembled together here for the first time. From early research into the fate of his companions to the deposition written for Eichmann's trial, from the 'letter to the daughter of a fascist who wants to know the truth' to newspaper and magazine articles, Auschwitz Testimonies is a rich mosaic of memories and critical reflections of great historic and human value. Underpinned by his characteristically clear language, rigorous method, and deep psychological insight, this collection of testimonies, reports and analyses reaffirms Primo Levi's position as one of the most important chroniclers of the Holocaust. It will find a wide readership, both among the many readers of Levi's work and among all those who wish to understand one of the greatest human tragedies of all time.

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