If This is a Man/The Truce
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If This is a Man/The Truce by Primo Levi
Book DescriptionWith 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
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349100135
(197mm x 134mm x 31mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Primo Levi
Complete Works of Primo Levi, Hardback (September 2015)
2015 Washington Post Notable Book The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table, finally gathers all fourteen of Levi's books-memoirs, essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction-into three slipcased volumes.
Auschwitz Report, Paperback (December 2014)
Provides a report on living conditions in the concentration camp for Russian authorities. Representing the attempts at fathoming the horrors, this work details the deportation to Auschwitz, selections for work and extermination, everyday life in the camp, and the organization and operation of the gas chambers.
Wrench, Paperback (July 2013)» View all books by Primo Levi
Amid Levi's grim tales of the Holocaust, The Wrench is an optimistic life-enhancing novel.
UK Kirkus Review » Levi was imprisoned in Auschwitz from March 1944 to January 1945. Of the 650 Jews who entered the camp with him, 525 went to the gas chamber. He survived, and here describes his experience during those ten months. He explains the writing of this book as a need felt by all the survivors; 'the need to tell our story to 'the rest', to make the rest participate in it; the book has been written to satisfy this need: first and foremost, therefore, as an interior liberation.' He writes simply, elegantly, precisely about his experience. It is utterly matter-of-fact - not a hint of sensation, self-indulgence, or self pity. And the effect upon the reader is exactly that which he sought for himself in telling the tale; an interior liberation. To look at the worst that man can do, and know that the best cannot be destroyed by it. Review by Jane Rogers, whose novels include 'Island' (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Primo Levi
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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