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Primo Levi's ordinary virtures : from testimony to ethics

Author: Robert S C Gordon
Publisher: Oxford, [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Primo Levi was perhaps the most humane and eloquent writer of testimony to emerge from the Nazi Holocaust. But he also went beyond testimony in his work, tackling many of the founding ethical questions of what it is to be human, 'how to live'. Whether in accounts of the concentration camps, essays, science-fiction, autobiography, poetry, or fiction, he always approached his writing with a questioning, ethically
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Named Person: Primo Levi; Primo Levi; Primo Levi
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert S C Gordon
ISBN: 0198159633 9780198159636
OCLC Number: 47023542
Description: [xi], 316 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pt. I. The Ethical Turn --
1. Looking --
2. Memory --
3. Discretion, or Language and Silence --
4. Use --
Pt. II. Wit, or Practical Intelligence --
5. Measure, or A Sense of Limit --
6. Practice, or Trial and Error --
7. Perspective, or Looking Again --
8. Invention, or First Things --
Pt. III. Community --
9. Common Sense --
10. Friendship --
11. Storytelling --
Pt. IV. Diversions --
12. Irony, or Wit Revisited --
13. Play.
Responsibility: Robert S.C. Gordon.
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