The Magic Paint

The Magic Paint

By (author) Primo Levi

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'He was blamed for endless disasters, from failed exams to a bridge collapse, an avalanche, even a shipwreck: all due, in the stupid opinion of, first, his fellow-students and, later, his colleagues, to the penetrating power of his evil eye...' Profound and compassionate, Primo Levi was one of the most astonishing literary voices to emerge from the twentieth century. Whether describing the most beautiful poem ever composed or an invention gone horribly wrong, these eight exquisitely wrought stories open up a rich, fantastical world of wonder, adventure and cruel twists of fate, where nothing is as it seems. This book contains: "The Magic Paint", "The Death of Marinese", "Censorship in Bitinia", "Knall", "Gladiators", "The Fugitive", "Bureau of Vital Statistics", and "Buffet Dinner".

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 111 x 161 x 6mm | 56g
  • 15 Feb 2011
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • 0141196092
  • 9780141196091
  • 291,198

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Primo Levi was born in Turin in 1919. The son of an educated middle-class Jewish family, he graduated with a degree in chemistry and found a job as a research chemist in Milan. In December 1943, he was arrested as part of the anti-fascist resistance and deported to Auschwitz. After the war, Levi resumed his career as a chemist, retiring only in 1975. His graphic account of his time in Auschwitz, If This Is a Man, was published in 1947 and he went on to write many other books, including If Not Now, When? and The Periodic Table, emerging not only as one of the most profound and haunting commentators on the Holocaust, but as a great writer on many twentieth-century themes. In 1987, Primo Levi died in a fall that is widely believed to have been suicide.

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