The Periodic Table

The Periodic Table

Paperback Language: English / Italian

By (author) Primo Levi

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  • Publisher: Schocken Books
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Language: English / Italian
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 203mm x 18mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 4 April 1995
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805210415
  • ISBN 13: 9780805210415
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 170,556

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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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"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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'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.