Survival In Auschwitz

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Simon and Schuster, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 187 pages
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The true and harrowing account of Primo Levi’s experience at the German concentration camp of Auschwitz and his miraculous survival; hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as a “true work of art, this edition includes an exclusive conversation between the author and Philip Roth.

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. Included in this new edition is an illuminating conversation between Philip Roth and Primo Levi never before published in book form.
 

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User Review  - SoulFlower1981 - LibraryThing

This was an interesting book to read because of the fact that this is a factual account of one Holocaust survivors account of living in a concentration camp. For the majority of the book it was hard ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

For the most part this book is a straightforward telling of what it was like to be sent to a concentration camp and to live and work there. The author's style is simple. He does not spend time in ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Preface
9
On the Bottom
22
Initiation
38
Our Nights
56
A Good Day 11
71
The Drowned and the Saved
87
Chemical Examination
101
The Events of the Summer
116
Kraus
131
The Last One
145
A Conversation with Primo Levi by Philip Roth
175
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About the author (1996)

Primo Levi was born in Turin, Italy, in 1919, and trained as a chemist. He was arrested as a member of the anti-Fascist resistance, and then deported to Auschwitz in 1944. Levi's experience in the death camp and his subsequent travels through Eastern Europe are the subject of his two classic memoirs, Survival in Auschwitz and The Reawakening (also available from Collier books), as well as Moments of Reprieve. In addition, he is the author of The Periodic Table, If Not Now, When?, which won the distinguished Viareggio and Campiello prizes when published in Italy in 1982, and most recently, The Monkeys Wrench. "The first thing that needs to be said about Primo Levi," as John Gross remarked in The New York Times, "is that he might well have become a writer, and a very good writer, under any conditions; he is gifted and highly perceptive, a man with a lively curiosity, humor, and a sense of style." Dr. Levi retired from his position as manager of a Turin chemical factory in 1977 to devote himself full-time to writing. He died in 1987.

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