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A Dante Of Our Time

Primo Levi and Auschwitz

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Risa B. Sodi

This original and timely volume details the influence of Dante's Inferno on Primo Levi's classic Holocaust narrative, Se questo è uomo, and his last book of essays, I sommersi e i salvatie. Such key concepts as memory, justice, and the realm of the neutral sinners - «la zona grigia» for Levi - are given particular emphasis. Three questions form the backbone of the book: Can memory be overcome? Where is justice for the Holocaust survivor? and, Is there a middle ground between victim and oppressors, and how does Levi define it? Ample use of interviews with the author reveal how Levi relates these three questions to such contemporary figures as Sigmund Freud, Franz Stangl, Rudolf Höss, Jean Améry, Liliana Cavani, and Kurt Waldheim.

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BIBLIOGRAPHY Selected Works by Levi Levi, Primo, Lilit e altri racconti. Turin: Einaudi, 1981. -. L' osteria di Brema. Milan: Scheiwiller, 1975. -.La ricerca delle radici. Turin: Einaudi, 1981. -. Se questo e un uomo. Turin: Einuadi, 1965. -.I sommersi e i salvati. Turin: Einaudi, 1986. -. Terza Pagina: Racconti e saggi di Primo Levi. Turin: La Stampa, 1987. -."The Memory of Offense" in Hartman,Geoffrey H., ed., Bitberg in Moral and Political Perspective. Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press, 1986, 130-137. -. La tregua. Turin: Einaudi, 1963. A Brief Levi Bibliography Atlas, James. "The Survivor's Suicide." Vanity Fair, 51 (January 1988). Cicioni, Mirna. "Bridges of Knowledge: Rereading Primo Levi." Spunti e ricerche, vol. 3, 1987. Grassano. Giuseppe. Primo Levi. Florence: La Nuova Italia, 1981 Greer, Germaine. "Germaine Greer Talks to Primo Levi." The Literary Review, November 1985. James, Clive. "Last Will and Testament." The New Yorker, May 23, 1988. Lopez, Guido. "Se non lui, chi.". Shalom, n. 4, Aprile 1987. 104 Bibliography Risk, Mirna. "Razionalita e coscienza etica di Primo Levi." Italian Studies, Vol. XXXIV, 1979. Segre, Giorgio. "Intervista a Primo Levi." Ha-Tikva, Anno XXXI, N. 307 Marzo-Aprile 1979. Sodi, Risa. "An Interview with Primo Levi." Partisan Review LIV (Summer 1987) -."A Last Talk with Primo Levi". Present Tense, May/June 1988. Reprinted in Jewish Profiles: The Best of Present Tense. New York: Jacob Aronson, Inc. (forthcoming). Stille, Alexander. "Primo Levi: Reconciling the Man and the Writer." New York Times Book Review, May 5, 1987. "I sommersi e i...

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