The Drowned and the Saved

The Drowned and the Saved

Author: Primo Levi

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501167638

Category: History

Page: 208

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In his final book before his death, Primo Levi returns once more to his time at Auschwitz in a moving meditation on memory, resiliency, and the struggle to comprehend unimaginable tragedy. Drawing on history, philosophy, and his own personal experiences, Levi asks if we have already begun to forget about the Holocaust. His last book before his death, Levi returns to the subject that would define his reputation as a writer and a witness. Levi breaks his book into eight essays, ranging from topics like the unreliability of memory to how violence twists both the victim and the victimizer. He shares how difficult it is for him to tell his experiences with his children and friends. He also debunks the myth that most of the Germans were in the dark about the Final Solution or that Jews never attempted to escape the camps. As the Holocaust recedes into the past and fewer and fewer survivors are left to tell their stories, The Drowned and the Saved is a vital first-person testament. Along with Elie Wiesel and Hannah Arendt, Primo Levi is remembered as one of the most powerful and perceptive writers on the Holocaust and the Jewish experience during World War II. This is an essential book both for students and literary readers. Reading Primo Levi is a lesson in the resiliency of the human spirit.

Holocaust Literature: Lerner to Zychlinsky, index

Holocaust Literature: Lerner to Zychlinsky, index

Author: S. Lillian Kremer

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415929849

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: 1499

View: 304

Review: "This encyclopedia offers an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the important writers and works that form the literature about the Holocaust and its consequences. The collection is alphabetically arranged and consists of high-quality biocritical essays on 309 writers who are first-, second-, and third-generation survivors or important thinkers and spokespersons on the Holocaust. An essential literary reference work, this publication is an important addition to the genre and a solid value for public and academic libraries."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

Interpreting Primo Levi

Interpreting Primo Levi

Author: Arthur Chapman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137435576

Category: History

Page: 281

View: 887

The legacy of antifascist partisan, Auschwitz survivor, and author Primo Levi continues to drive exciting interdisciplinary scholarship. The contributions to this intellectually rich, tightly organized volume - from many of the world's foremost Levi scholars - show a remarkable breadth across fields as varied as ethics, memory, and media studies.

The Memory of the Offence

The Memory of the Offence

Author: Judith Woolf

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1899293159

Category: History

Page: 89

View: 903

In this study of Primo Levi's 'If This is a Man (Se questo è un uomo)', the author tries to give some sense of the historical and cultural context not just of Levi's book, but also of the events which gave rise to it, since it is to those events that Levi is directing us. For the same reason, suggestions for further reading mainly concentrate on history. While looking at some of the many literary influences on Levi's book, particularly that of Dante's Inferno, this book also places it in the literature of survivor accounts. The author has drawn widely on Levi's other writings, both because If This is a Man has to be seen as the beginning of a lifetime's endeavour, and because, in the absence of a definitive body of criticism, Levi remains the best explicator of his own work.This book is intended both for the student of Italian and for the general reader. All quotations from If This is a Man and all verse quotations are given both in Italian and in English, while all other quotations from Italian texts are given in English.

A Centaur in Auschwitz

A Centaur in Auschwitz

Author: Massimo Giuliani

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739107429

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 111

View: 872

The author has developed a "star of salvaction"--A diagram in the shape of a Star of David, in which each of the six points leads to a strategy Levi learned for seeking meaning, and thereby salvation, in the misery of Auschwitz. With its concise overview of Levi's expression and development as a writer, A Centaur in Auschwitz reveals Primo Levi for what he was - scientist, intellectual, Jew, and dedicated seeker of the roots of human dignity."--Jacket.

The Legacy of Primo Levi

The Legacy of Primo Levi

Author: S. Pugliese

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403981592

Category: Fiction

Page: 275

View: 799

This collection represents some of the latest research on Primo Levi, the famous Auschwitz survivor Italian author, in the field of Italian Studies, Holocaust Studies, Jewish Studies, literary theory, philosophy, and ethics. The author has collected an impressive group of scholars, including Ian Thomson, who has published a well-received biography of Levi in the UK (a US edition is due this year); Alexander Stille, who is a staff writer got the New Yorker as well as for the New York Times (he is also the author of Benevolence and Betrayal: Five Italian Jewish Families under Fascism ); and David Mendel, who knew Levi and had an extensive correspondence with the Italian writer. There are four essays on Levi's complex and fertile theory of the 'Gray Zone' and further essays on the myriad aspects of this thought. This is an excellent collection with new perspectives and interpretations of the life and work of Primo Levi.

Reading the Holocaust

Reading the Holocaust

Author: Inga Clendinnen

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 9781876485351

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 690

In this searching and eloquent book, Inga Clendinnen explores the experience of the Holocaust from both the victims' and the perpetrators' point of view in an attempt to extract the comprehensible—the recognisably human—from the unthinkable.

Abstraction and the Holocaust

Abstraction and the Holocaust

Author: Mark Godfrey

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 030012676X

Category: Art

Page: 294

View: 550

Mark Godfrey looks closely at a series of American art and architectural projects that respond to the memory of the Holocaust. He investigates how abstract artists and architects have negotiated Holocaust memory without representing the Holocaust figuratively or symbolically.

Sources of Holocaust Insight

Sources of Holocaust Insight

Author: John K. Roth

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532674204

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 764

Sources of Holocaust Insight maps the odyssey of an American Christian philosopher who has studied, written, and taught about the Holocaust for more than fifty years. What findings result from John Roth's journey; what moods pervade it? How have events and experiences, scholars and students, texts and testimonies--especially the questions they raise--affected Roth's Holocaust studies and guided his efforts to heed the biblical proverb: "Whatever else you get, get insight"? More sources than Roth can acknowledge have informed his encounters with the Holocaust. But particular persons--among them Elie Wiesel, Raul Hilberg, Primo Levi, and Albert Camus--loom especially large. Revisiting Roth's sources of Holocaust insight, this book does so not only to pay tribute to them but also to show how the ethical, philosophical, and religious reverberations of the Holocaust confer and encourage responsibility for human well-being in the twenty-first century. Seeing differently, seeing better--sound learning and teaching about the Holocaust aim for what may be the most important Holocaust insight of all: Take nothing good for granted.

Mother Jones Magazine

Mother Jones Magazine





Page: 60

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Mother Jones is an award-winning national magazine widely respected for its groundbreaking investigative reporting and coverage of sustainability and environmental issues.

Conscience and Memory

Conscience and Memory

Author: Harold Kaplan

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226424162

Category: History

Page: 213

View: 178

Kaplan simulates the response to a long visit to the new Holocaust museum in Washington, D.C., which, crucially for Kaplan, is sited in direct view of the Jefferson and Lincoln monuments, powerful symbols of humanist democracy. He insists the Holocaust be viewed not only in terms of personal ethics but modern political ethics as well: for Kaplan the affirmative legacy of the Holocaust is its focus on the dangers of nationalism, racism, and all forms of separatist group identities. It challenges the historicism, cults of power, and scientistic politics of our modernity. And it challenges the moral passivity and relativism that afflict people as they confront mass politics, whether in Western or Eastern societies.