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Primo Levi's Resistance
Author: Sergio Luzzatto

ISBN: 9780805099553
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 12 January 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5 x 3.4
Description:
A daring investigation of Primo Levi's brief career as a fighter with the Italian Resistance, and the grim secret that haunted his life.

No other Auschwitz survivor has been as literary powerful and historically influential as Primo Levi. Yet Levi was not only a victim or a witness. In the fall of 1943, at the very start of the Italian Resistance, he was a fighter, participating in the first attempts to launch guerrilla warfare against occupying Nazi forces. Those three months have been largely overlooked by Levi's biographers; indeed, they went strikingly unmentioned by Levi himself. For the rest of his life he barely acknowledged that autumn in the Alps. But an obscure passage in Levi's The Periodic Table hints that his deportation to Auschwitz was linked directly to an incident from that time: "an ugly secret" that had made him give up the struggle, "extinguishing all will to resist, indeed to live."

What did Levi mean by those dramatic lines? Using extensive archival research, Sergio Luzzatto's groundbreaking Primo Levi's Resistance reconstructs the events of 1943 in vivid detail. Just days before Levi was captured, Luzza...

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