The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table

Hardback Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics

By (author) Primo Levi, By (author) Raymond Rosenthal

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  • Publisher: Everyman's Library USA
  • Format: Hardback | 241 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 206mm x 23mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679444637
  • ISBN 13: 9780679444633
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 345,396

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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 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.

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"I immersed myself in "The Periodic Table" gladly and gratefully. There is nothing superfluous here, everything this book contains is essential. It is wonderful pure, and beautifully translated...I was deeply impressed." -Saul Bellow "The best introduction to the psychological world of one of the most important and gifted writers of our time."-Italo Calvino "A work of healing, of tranquil, even buoyant imagination." -"The New York Times Book Review " "Brilliant, grave and oddly sunny; certainly a masterpiece." -"Los Angeles Times " "Every chapter is full of surprises, insights, high humor, and language that often rises to poetry." -"The New Yorker " "One of the most important Italian writers." -Umberto Eco With a new Introduction by Neal Ascherson