If Not Now, When?
In the final days of World War II, a courageous band of Jewish partisans makes its way from Russia to Italy, moving toward the ultimate goal of Palestine. Based on a true story, If Not Now, When? chronicles their adventures as they wage a personal war of revenge against the Nazis: blowing up trains, rescuing the last victims of concentration camps, scoring victories in the face of unspeakable devastation. Primo Levi captures the landscape and the people of Eastern Europe in vivid detail, depicting as well the terrible bleakness of war-ridden Europe. But finally, what he gives us is a tribute to the strength and ingenuity of the human spirit.
"One of the most important and gifted writers of our time" —Italo Calvino
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - suesbooks - LibraryThing
I did not care for this tale of the partisans as much as I did the other P:rimo Levi works I have read. I found this very jounalistic, and I did learn details of the partisans' lives, but I was not able to connect with or care about individual characters. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jmoncton - LibraryThing
Well written story about a group of Jews who band together to continue fighting the war as an outlaw group of partisans as they make their way towards Italy. Interesting that much of the content was so devasatating, yet told in such a dispassionate way. Still had a large impact. Read full review