Primo Levi


Born
in Turin, Italy
July 31, 1919

Died
April 11, 1987

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Rita Levi-Montalcini


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.

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The Periodic Table

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The Drowned and the Saved

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“Monsters exist, but they are too few in number to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are the common men, the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.”
Primo Levi

“Perfection belongs to narrated events, not to those we live.”
Primo Levi, The Periodic Table

“The aims of life are the best defense against death.”
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February 2016 New School Group Read

 
  26 votes, 17.7%

1950, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 182 pages
 
  23 votes, 15.6%

1979, The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, 396 pages
 
  17 votes, 11.6%

1954, Bonjour Tristesse by Françoise Sagan, 113 pages
 
  14 votes, 9.5%

 
  13 votes, 8.8%

 
  11 votes, 7.5%

1934, Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, 318 pages
 
  10 votes, 6.8%

 
  8 votes, 5.4%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.4%

1947, If This Is a Man by Primo Levi, 398 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.7%

 
  4 votes, 2.7%

1936, South Riding by Winifred Holtby, 492 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1985, Satantango by László Krasznahorkai, 274 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1962, The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 640 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

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