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Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor

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Primo Levi (1919-1987) was an Italian chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor who used a combination of testimony, essays, and creative writing to explore crucial themes related to the Shoah. His voice is among the most important to emerge from this dark chapter in human history. In Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor, Nancy Harrowitz examines the complex role that Levi's Jewish identity played in his choices of how to portray his survival, as well as in his exposition of topics such as bystander complicity. Her analysis uncovers a survivor's shame that deeply influenced the personas he created to recount his experiences. Exploring a range of Levi's works, including Survival at Auschwitz and lesser-known works of fiction and poetry, she illustrates key issues within his development as a writer. At the heart of Levi's discourse, Harrowitz argues, lies a complex interplay of narrative modes that reveals his brilliance as a theorist of testimony.

Product code: 9781487501020

ISBN 9781487501020
Dimensions H235xW161xS18
Series Toronto Italian Studies
No. of pages 192
Publisher University of Toronto Press
In Primo Levi and the Identity of a Survivor, Nancy Harrowitz examines the complex role that Levi's cultural identity played in his choices of how to portray his survival, as well as his exposition of topics such as bystander complicity.