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Primo Levi

And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing blind, deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your own hands and your own head. 16 more words


The Periodic Table (Levi)

I am no chemist. My efforts in high school were absurd (and so was my teacher). But I understood enough to see the chemistry here not just as chemistry – because it was still that. 134 more words


The Holocaust and Compensated Compliance In Italy

The Holocaust and Compensated Compliance In Italy
Fossoli dei Carpi, 1942-1952
By Alexis Herr
Palgrave Macmillan – £63.00

Primo Levi begins his short story ”Small Causes” by sharing a conversation he had with a group of friends on the influence that a seemingly innocuous occurrence can have on history. 745 more words


Writing from life and Primo Levi's Metamir

From ‘Adam’s Rib: Fictions & Realities’ in Writing & Being, Nadine Gordimer

What They Said

Most Disappointing Books of 2016

I can confidently say that in 2016 I didn’t read one book that I considered to be a truly bad one. However, two of the books that I read in 2016 left me disappointed since I was expecting so much more from them. 296 more words



In Copenhagen, I stand next to the bronze statue of Hans Christian Andersen whose fairy tales remain key childhood memories. My list of books to re-read in 2017 deal with memory. 142 more words