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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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INDEX Aeneid, 77 Acheron (river), 44 "Alberto," 41-42, 58-59, See Grey Zone Argenti, Filippo, 61 Alberigo, Fra, 2 Amery, Jean, 25, 54 Amor Proprio, 33, 74, See Natural Love of Self Aquinas, Thomas, 9, 17 Argenti, Filippo, 61 Aristotle, 17, 29,60 Auschwitz, 2, 5, 7, 9, 27, 32, 37, 42, 47,53,58,67,69, 78,87,89,See Hoss, Rudolph Averroes, 60 Avicenna, 60 Ballard, Phillip Boswood, 49 Barbie, Klaus, 74, 83 Bassani, Giorgio, 85-87 II giardino dei Finzi-Contini, 85 "Una lapide in Via Mazzini," 86 Befehlnotstand, 35, 36, 38, 46, See Constraint B~kenau, 37,43, 58 Bocca degli Abbati, 13 Buchenwald, 87 Buna, 19, 36 Caccianemico, Vendico, 63 Cambon, Glauco, 62 Cassell, Anthony, 70 Cavalcanti, Guido, 62, 65 Cavani, Liliana, 38-39 The Night Porter, 38-39 "Charles," 43, See Grey Zone Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 87-88 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," 87-88 Constantine the African, 60 Constraint, 39-40, 46 Contrapasso, 22, 23-24, 29, 51, 62, 64, 70, 72, 73, See Retribution, See also Lex talionis Dante, 1, 2, 5, 8, 14-15, 17, 18, 20, 21-22, 24, 29, 32-34, 44, 45, 50- 51,60-67,68,70-73,76-78, 89 Convivio, 15, 76 De Monarchia, 15 Divine Comedy, 1, 5, 13, 15,21-22, 50,62,64, 76 Ninth Epistle, 15 de Born, Bertran, 64, 73 De Cori, Ferruccio, 3 Delhaye, Phillip, 15 della Vigna, Pier, 23, 24, 33, 45, 47, 62,64,65 Demjanjuk, John, 57, 59, 74, 83, See Treblinka 110 Deuteronomy, 1, 49 Dis, 46 Dostoyevski, Feodor, 39,...

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