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An extraordinary work in which each of the 21 chapters takes its title and starting point from one of the elements in the periodic table. Mingling fact and fiction, history and anecdote, Levi uses his training as a chemist and his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz to illuminate the human condition.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 132.08 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Schocken Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0805210415
  • 9780805210415
  • 199,487

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'A work of healing, of tranquil, even buoyant imagination.' -New York Times Book ReviewThe best introduction to the psychological world of one of the most important and gifted writers of our time. Saul Bellow

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An extraordinary work in which each of the 21 chapters takes its title and starting point from one of the elements in the periodic table. Mingling fact and fiction, history and anecdote, Levi uses his training as a chemist and his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz to illuminate the human condition. "From the Hardcover edition.

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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 "From the Hardcover edition.""

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About Primo Levi

PRIMO LEVI was born in Turin in 1919 to an Italian-Jewish family. Arrested as a member of the anti-Fascist resistance, he was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. After the war, Levi resumed his careers as a chemist and a writer in Turin until his untimely death in 1987. During his writing career, Levi won every distinguished prize in his native Italy. The Periodic Table, the first of his books to appear in America, was selected as one of the Best Books of 1985 by The New York Times Book Review.

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