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The Mystery of Primo Levi

Primo Levi tells us about human identity crushed and corrupted by unspeakable evil; his work is powerful because it squares up to that reality…

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A philosophical memoir

Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Levi narrates not only his time from capture to imprisonment to freedom, but also reflects quite a lot on the systematic cruelty of the German authorities that set the inmates against each other and encouraged them to collaborate with their captors. 48 more words

Modern World

The Art of Writing: James Wood on Primo Levi

“On the basis of the first chapter alone, you know that you are in the hands of a true writer, someone equipped with an avaricious and indexical memory, who knows how to animate is details, stage his scenes, and ration his anecdotes.” … 238 more words

Wisdom Not Mine

The Unforgivable


Because, and this is the awful privilege of our generation and of my people, no one better than us has ever been able to grasp the incurable nature of the offence, that spreads like a contagion.

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“I am constantly amazed by man’s inhumanity to man.”

Primo Levi, If This Is A Man / The Truce.

Laughter…. Levity….

Now that we’ve reached the time of year in Vermont when it’s dark pretty much all the time, in a variation of that Platonic cave, the game season has fully opened in our house. 462 more words

Primo Levi - The Sixth Day & Other Tales

This marvellous little book of short stories (first published in this form in 1990) has been my introduction to Italian writer and chemist Primo Levi, whose work I’ve been meaning to investigate for years now. 385 more words