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- DescriptionThis is a thorough introduction to an author who mixes devotion to art and science with the harrowing experiences of Auschwitz.Primo Levi emerged from the Holocaust as one of the most powerful voices to bear witness to the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps. Italian by birth and Jewish by ancestry, this young chemist survived Auschwitz and later, with his sober retelling of the horrific experience, consecrated the memory of millions who perished there. In this companion to his works, Nicholas Patru analyzes Levi's vels, short stories, and essays to reveal a writer who eloquently evoked the soul of the persecuted Jew but who never came to terms with the guilt of his own survival.Patru contents that while Jewish themes recur throughout Levi's work, labeling him narrowly as an ethnic writer would be inaccurate. Rather, Patru echoes Italo Calvi in defining Levi as a writer of 'encyclopedic vein' and argues that Levi's significance as artist and communicator lies in the fusion of his scientific sensibilities and literary creativity. Patru examines the synthesis of science and art in The Periodic Table , considered by many to be Levi's greatest work. He also critiques The Monkey's Wrench , Levi's short fiction and essays, the four books created directly from his Holocaust experience, and If Not Now, When? , perhaps Levi's only truly conventional vel. Patru shows that although Levi wrote absorbingly about a variety of topics, his work was always informed by his Holocaust experiences.
- Author BiographyA native of Italy, Nicholas Patruno is a professor of Italian at Bryn Mawr College and the author of Language in Giovanni Verga's Early Novels.
- Author(s)Nicholas Patruno
- PublisherUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Date of Publication15/05/2008
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleUnderstanding Modern European and Latin American Literature
- Place of PublicationSouth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of South Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight281 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine11 mm
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