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The Periodic Table

by Primo Levi

ISBN: 9780679444633 / 0679444637

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The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi?s transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew.


It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levi?s gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levi?s masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him.


The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.

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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.

ISBN 13 978-06-79444-63-3
ISBN 10 0-679-44463-7
ASIN 0679444637
  • 9780679444633
Amazon Sales Rank 794,956
Main Category Hardcover
Group Book
Publisher Everyman's Library
Studio Everyman's Library
Manufacturer Everyman's Library
Package Quantity 1
Count Per Package 1
Dimensions 5.3 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches. 0.93 pounds
Package Dimensions 8.1 x 5.0 x 0.9 inches. 0.85 pounds
Translator(s) Raymond Rosenthal
Introduction(s) Neal Ascherson
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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