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The Periodic Table - Primo Levi, Raymond Rosenthal
The Periodic Table
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi’s transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew. It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi’s transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew. It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levi’s gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levi’s masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him. The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780805210415 (0805210415)
ASIN: 805210415
Publisher: Schocken
Pages no: 240
Edition language: Italian
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Kinga's Books
Kinga's Books rated it
4.5 Primo Levi - The Periodic Table
Chemistry as a metaphor for life. Blurb writers love phrases like that. They are short, succinct and intriguing. But how hard is it to write something that would deliver on such a promise?I had never read anything quite like ‘The Periodic Table’. It more than delivered – it exceeded my expectations....
simmo
simmo rated it
4.0 The Periodic Table
I was expecting a book about, well, the Periodic Table, instead it is a collection of partly autobiographical, partly fictitious, partly historical short chapters about individual elements through the eyes of a chemist. It is very cleverly, wittily written, though at times rambles on incoherently. T...
Bookivorous
Bookivorous rated it
5.0 The Periodic Table
Levi's series of essays based on the elements of the periodic table. By turns fascinating, hilarious and tragic as he takes moments from his time in Auschwitz, from his life after the war and mixes them with short pieces of fiction. Extraordinary and wonderful.
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