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The Periodic Table (original 1975; edition 1996)
by Primo Levi
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0805210415, Paperback)Writer Primo Levi (1919-1987), an Italian Jew, did not come to the wide attention of the English-reading audience until the last years of his life. A survivor of the Holocaust and imprisonment in Auschwitz, Levi is considered to be one of the century's most compelling voices, and The Periodic Table is his most famous book. Springboarding from his training as a chemist, Levi uses the elements as metaphors to create a cycle of linked, somewhat autobiographical tales, including stories of the Piedmontese Jewish community he came from, and of his response to the Holocaust.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:31:30 -0500)
One of Italy's leading men of letters, a chemist by profession, writes about incidents in his life in which one or another of the elements figured in such a way as to become a personal preoccupation.
(summary from another edition)
Two editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.
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