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Primo Levi : Tragedy of an optimist

Author: Myriam Anissimov; Steve Cox; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Until now, the world's representation of Primo Levi came almost entirely through his own writings. His public self - shy, intelligent, diffident - in some respects disguised the man within. This first biography delves deeply into the life and mind of a controversial writer, one who was really a philosophical student of life itself. Primo Levi explores the complex nature of a man who was both a strong and spirited  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Primo Levi; Primo Levi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Myriam Anissimov; Steve Cox; Mazal Holocaust Collection.
ISBN: 0879518065 9780879518066
OCLC Number: 36499069
Description: x, 452 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Primo Levi's Works --
Corso Re Umberto --
A Jewish Childhood under Fascism --
The Chemical Institute --
The Era of the Racial Laws and the Nazi Occupation --
From the Mountains to Fossoli di Carpi --
Auschwitz (Part I) --
Auschwitz (Part II) --
The Last Ten Days --
Liberation: Detour through Central Europe --
The Return --
Witness --
Chemist and Writer --
"You Will Write Concisely and Clearly" --
Man of Letters --
Returning to Jewish Roots --
Famous and Marginal --
"Old, Am I?" --
"I Find No Solution to the Riddle" --
"The Jews of Turin": Preface by Primo Levi --
"The Marital Web" --
Glossary of Concentration Camp Terms.
Other Titles: Primo Levi, ou, La tragédie d'un optimiste.
Responsibility: Myriam Anissimov ; translated by Steve Cox.

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"Until now, the world's representation of Primo Levi came almost entirely through his own writings. His public self - shy, intelligent, diffident - in some respects disguised the man within. This first biography delves deeply into the life and mind of a controversial writer, one who was really a philosophical student of life itself. Primo Levi explores the complex nature of a man who was both a strong and spirited survivor as well as a man prone to severe depression, a man who felt misunderstood and certain that future generations would forget and deny what many would call the central informing disaster of the century." "By bringing Levi's life into focus with material gathered from extensive research, interviews with friends and relatives, and numerous unpublished texts and testimonies, Myriam Anissimov has written not only the first biography of this major figure, but also a guide to Levi's works and times, which, even decades later, we must always call our times."--Jacket.

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