Primo Levi - book author
Primo Michele Levi (Italian: [ˈpriːmo ˈlɛːvi]) was a chemist and writer, the author of books, novels, short stories, essays, and poems. His unique 1975 work, The Periodic Table, linked to qualities of the elements, was named by the Royal Institution of Great Britain as the best science book ever written.
Levi spent eleven months imprisoned at Monowitz, one of the three main camps in the Auschwitz concentration camp complex (record number: 174,517) before the camp was liberated by the Red Army on 18 January 1945. Of the 650 Italian Jews in his transport, Levi was one of twenty who left the camps alive.
The Primo Levi Center, dedicated "to studying the history and culture of Italian Jewry," was named in his honor.
Primo Levi is the author of books: Survival in Auschwitz, If This Is a Man / The Truce, The Periodic Table, The Drowned and the Saved, If Not Now, When?, The Reawakening, Se questo è un uomo: Versione drammatica di Pieralberto Marché e Primo Levi, Moments of Reprieve, The Monkey's Wrench, A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Short Stories
In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and “Italian citizen of Jewish race,” was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi’s classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit.
Questo testo conserva intatto il suo vigore morale ed è tuttora un bellissimo esempio di teatro «storico», in cui la storia è non solo dei fatti, ma anche e prima degli uomini e delle loro coscienze umiliate e offese.
The English edition includes just one section of the three originally published in Italian under the title 'Lilít', tales from the other two sections have been published in 'A Tranquil Star'.