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    DescriptionWith the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a "magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known" - PHILIP ROTH


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    Title
    If This is a Man/The Truce
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Primo Levi, Translated by Stuart Woolf
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 320 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780349100135
    ISBN 10: 0349100136
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, BGA, HBTZ1
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC classification: PQ
    Libri: B-090
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14380
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS010000, HIS043000, BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB, 1D
    DC21: 940.547243092
    Thema V1.0: NHTZ1, NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, DNBA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New
    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Abacus
    Publication date
    04 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Primo Levi was born in Turin in 1919 and trained as chemist. Arrested a member of the anti-fascist resistance during the war, he was deported to Auschwitz. His experiences there are described in his two classic autobiographical works, IF THIS IS A MAN and THE TRUCE.
    Review quote
    The death of Primo Levi robs Italy of one of its finest writers...One of the few survivors of the Holocaust to speak of his experiences with a gentle voice GUARDIAN A life-changing book. Daily Express THE TRUCE: 'One of the century's truly necessary books.' Philip Roth 'One of the greatest human testaments of the era.'
    Review text
    Levi was imprisoned in Auschwitz from March 1944 to January 1945. Of the 650 Jews who entered the camp with him, 525 went to the gas chamber. He survived, and here describes his experience during those ten months. He explains the writing of this book as a need felt by all the survivors; 'the need to tell our story to 'the rest', to make the rest participate in it; the book has been written to satisfy this need: first and foremost, therefore, as an interior liberation.' He writes simply, elegantly, precisely about his experience. It is utterly matter-of-fact - not a hint of sensation, self-indulgence, or self pity. And the effect upon the reader is exactly that which he sought for himself in telling the tale; an interior liberation. To look at the worst that man can do, and know that the best cannot be destroyed by it. Review by Jane Rogers, whose novels include 'Island' (Kirkus UK)