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If This Is a Man (1947)

by Primo Levi

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In 1943, Primo Levi, a 25-year-old chemist and "Italian citizen of Jewish race," was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. This is Levi's classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit. Included in this new edition is an illuminating conversation between Philip Roth and Primo Levi never before published in book form.--From publisher description.… (more)

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Um impressionante registo dos campos de concentração e da possível e impossível humanidade que neles resistia. Será sempre muito difícil para o futuro humano deixar de pensar que fomos responsáveis por esta metódica morte em massa e a vida impossível nos campos. ( )
  dribaspt | May 20, 2020 |
Levi comes across as so human and the writing so matter of fact, calm and direct that it mostly doesn't carry the intensity of horror or sadness which the topic ought to. Which isn't bad, just disconcerting. It is well written and humane, which alone is enough. ( )
  reg_lt | Feb 7, 2020 |
Good book! ( )
  RoxieT | Nov 9, 2019 |
Primo Levi's "Survival in Auschwitz" is a heart-wrenching account of the year he spent in the German concentration camp. Levi, who was captured as a member of the Italian resistance and mistakenly thought admitting he was Jewish, rather than a part of the resistance, would give him a better chance at survival. He focuses on how those who survived made it-- mainly through ingenuity and theft.

This is an important book and a hard read. It's more a straight-forward account of Levi's time in the camp as compared to "The Drowned and the Saved," which is more focused on trying to understand the tragedy of the Holocaust and its impact years later. ( )
  amerynth | Dec 31, 2018 |
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Levi, Primoprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Causse, MichèleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Matteis-Vogels, FridaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Miravitlles, FrancescTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riedt, HeinzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roth, PhilipAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schruoffeneger, MartineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Segre, CesareAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Voi che vivete sicuri
Nelle vostre tiepide case,
Voi che trovate tornando a sera
Il cibo caldo e visi amici:
Considerate se questo è un uomo
Che lavora nel fango
Che non conosce pace
Che lotta per mezzo pane
Che muore per un sì o per un no.
Considerate se questa è una donna,
Senza capelli e senza nome
Senza più forza di ricordare
Vuoti gli occhi e freddo il grembo
Come una rana d'inverno.
Meditate che questo è stato:
Vi comando queste parole.
Scolpitele nel vostro cuore
Stando in casa andando per via,
Coricandovi alzandovi;
Ripetetele ai vostri figli.
O vi si sfaccia la casa,
La malattia vi impedisca,
I vostri nati torcano il viso da voi.
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I was captured by the Fascist Militia on 13 December 1943.
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Please distinguish between this Work, If This Is a Man, a/k/a Survival in Auschwitz (1947), and the following similarly-titled Works:
  • The anthology, If This Is a Man: Remembering Auschwitz, which includes The Truce, a/k/a The Reawakening (1963), and Moments of Reprieve; and

  • Se questo è un uomo: versione drammatica (1966), which is a dramatic version of Levi's original Work.
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