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The Truce by Primo Levi

The Truce (1963)

by Primo Levi

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Depsite the political and philosophical penumbra, I regard this account as a travel narrative. The baggage involved is ineffable. Despite Adorno, this works and it projects. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Unlike If This is a Man, which is sad and serious, The Truce, which relates Primo Levi's circuitous journey home after his concentration camp survival, if full of expectation and hope. ( )
  TheWasp | Mar 24, 2018 |
La commovente storia della liberazione del campo di sterminio di Auschwitz e del tortuoso ritorno a casa dei prigionieri. ( )
  AlessandraEtFabio | Dec 22, 2017 |
This is the second book in Primo Levi’s autobiography about Auschwitz and the aftermath of the war. Also goes by the title “The Truce”, in Danish "Tøbruddet".

As the first one this is no doubt a solid five star read. Primo Levi recounts the time just after Auschwitz when jews, refugees and other war victims are trying to get home. Everything is chaos, people are starving and sick and many dies in interim camps - Primo Levi is relocated several times to different camps, trying to survive.

He’s such a good storyteller, vivid descriptions of so many people - some showing forth trumendous strength and resilience, others caring and loving, others cruel and vicious. It’s also in places very funny in all the absurd circumstances they happen to find themselves in - so many strange characters and events that you shake your head in disbelief. ( )
1 vote ctpress | Jul 28, 2017 |
Survival, not of the fittest, but of the ones with the most wits about them. Very harrowing, though not as grim as If this is a man... and compelling reading. Lucid style, no whining, no complaining, about the interminable hiatus between the liberation from Auschwitz and the return to Turin, via the "Old Roads" somewhere in the Russian countryside at the end of a railway track. Of the 605 who were in Levi's group when he was interned, only 3 survived. I think Levi must have been a quiet man, but he should be listened to. ( )
  overthemoon | Nov 12, 2016 |
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Primo Leviprimary authorall editionscalculated
De Matteis-Vogels, FridaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Feldman, RuthTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gómez Bedate, PilarTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Picht, BarbaraÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Original title: La tregua (The Truce). Published in the US as The Reawakening.
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First published in English in 1965, The Reawakening is Primo Levi's bestselling sequel to his classic memoir of the Holocaust, Survival in Auschwitz. The inspiring story of Levi's liberation from the German death camp in January 1945 by the Red Army, it tells of his strange and eventful journety home to Italy by way of the Soviet Union, Hungary, and Romania. Levi's railway travels take him through bombed-out cities and transit camps, with keen insight he describes the former prisoners and Russian soldiers he encounters along the way. An extraordinary account of faith, hope, andf undying courage. -B&N
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