Tag Archives: Primo Levi

Book Review: Primo Levi’s Resistance

Primo Levi’s Resistance:  Rebels And Collaborators In Occupied Italy, by Sergio Luzzatto It is striking, and something I did not know until reading this book, that the place of Primo Levi’s short and spectacularly unsuccessful career as a partisan against … Continue reading

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Book Review: Survival In Auschwitz: If This Is A Man

Survival In Aushwitz:  If This Is A Man, by Primo Levi In this short but powerful book, the author describes his own survival in World War II and some stories of those who did not make it.  The first part … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal As someone who reads my fair share of memoirs, I am always struck by those memoirs which present a puzzle to their reader that has to be put together from … Continue reading

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Book Review: If Not Now, When?

If Not Now, When?, by Primo Levi This book is something in a bit of a disguise.  The author was an Italian Jew who survived the Holocaust through developing at least some privilege as a result of his chemical expertise, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Mirror Maker: Stories And Essays

The Mirror Maker:  Stories And Essays, by Primo Levi, translated by Raymond Rosenthal Primo Levi spent a substantial portion of his life, before and after his retirement from his professional work as a chemist, in writing for both political and … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Tranquil Star

A Tranquil Star:  Unpublished Stories, by Primo Levi, translated by Ann Goldstein and Alessandra Bastagli When a noted author dies, one of the common responses of the publishing community to this is to combine the author’s unpublished stories or poems … Continue reading

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Book Review: Collected Poems

Collected Poems, by Primo Levi, translated by Ruth Feldman and Brian Swann This is a collection of poetry that is both dark and beautiful, spanning from the mid-40’s just after the poet was released from the German concentration camps where … Continue reading

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This War Of Ours Is Never Done

One of the illusions of ordinary life is that good and evil are to be found entire, that there are some people that are all good and others that are all evil, that one can join causes and have no … Continue reading

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