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Primo Levi was born on July 31, 1919 in Turin, Italy. He pursued a career in chemistry, and spent the early years World War II as a research chemist in Milan. Upon the German invasion of northern Italy, Levi, an Italian Jew, joined an anti-fascist group and was captured and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. He was able to survive the camp, due in part to his value to the Nazis as a chemist. After the war ended, Levi did chemistry work in a Turin paint factory while beginning his writing career. His first book, If This Is a Man (title later was changed to Survival in Auschwitz) was published in 1947 and its sequel, The Truce (later retitled The Reawakening) came out in 1958. These two books recount Levi's story of surviving concentration camp life. Levi also published poetry, short stories, and novels, some under the pen name Damianos Malabaila. His 1985, largely autobiographical work, The Periodic Table, cemented his world fame. Awards in tribute to his writing included the Kenneth B. Smilen fiction award, presented by the Jewish Museum in New York. Ironically, despite his surviving Auschwitz, Primo Levi appears to have died by suicide, in Turin on April 11, 1987. (Bowker Author Biography)
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If This Is a Man 5,389 copies, 91 reviews
The Periodic Table 3,580 copies, 66 reviews
If This Is a Man / The Truce 2,054 copies, 27 reviews
The Drowned and the Saved 1,859 copies, 16 reviews
If Not Now, When? 1,287 copies, 16 reviews
The Truce 1,129 copies, 26 reviews
The Wrench 785 copies, 12 reviews
Moments of Reprieve 532 copies, 7 reviews
Other People's Trades 398 copies, 1 review
The Mirror Maker 261 copies, 1 review
The Sixth Day and Other Tales 252 copies, 2 reviews
A Tranquil Star 240 copies, 9 reviews
The Complete Works of Primo Levi 172 copies, 2 reviews
De getuigenissen 147 copies
Collected Poems 137 copies, 2 reviews
Auschwitz Report 127 copies, 4 reviews
Lilith, et autres nouvelles 76 copies, 3 reviews
Dialogo 76 copies, 2 reviews
Iron, Potassium, Nickel 73 copies, 1 review
L'ultimo Natale di guerra 55 copies, 3 reviews
The Magic Paint 51 copies
Tutti I Racconti 51 copies, 1 review
Le devoir de mémoire 46 copies, 1 review
The Black Hole of Auschwitz 43 copies, 1 review
Ad ora incerta 38 copies
Opere 2: Primo Levi 31 copies, 1 review
The Survivor (Penguin Modern) 28 copies, 1 review
Vizio di forma 25 copies, 1 review
Storie naturali 22 copies
Poeti 6 copies
Tåbrud 1 copy
Segantini 1 copy
The Sunflower (Contributor) 999 copies, 19 reviews
The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing (Contributor) 727 copies, 6 reviews
Death Dealer: The Memoirs of the SS Kommandant at Auschwitz (Introduction, some editions) 561 copies, 16 reviews
The Night of the Girondists (Afterword, some editions; Translator, some editions) 205 copies, 1 review
Granta 21: The Story-Teller (Contributor) 128 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (Contributor) 116 copies, 2 reviews
Smoke over Birkenau (Foreword, some editions) 114 copies, 2 reviews
Granta 18: The Snap Revolution (Contributor) 84 copies, 1 review
Granta 16: Science (Contributor) 74 copies
Granta 19: More Dirt (Contributor) 67 copies
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (Contributor) 67 copies, 2 reviews

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