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Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity

Primo Levi, (Translator) Stuart Woolf, (Afterword) Philip Roth

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ISBN 10: 0684826801 / ISBN 13: 9780684826806
Published by Touchstone, 1995
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Includes 'A Conversation With Primo Levi by Philip Roth'. Levi's classic account of his ten months in the Nazi death camp is a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and improbable endurance. from which he never psychologically recovered. This stark 'prose poem on the deepest sufferings' is told without self-pity, but with a muted passion and intensity. 187p. Bookseller Inventory # 2151818

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Title: Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on ...

Publisher: Touchstone

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: PaperBack

Book Condition:Very Good

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The true and harrowing account of Primo Levi’s experience at the German concentration camp of Auschwitz and his miraculous survival; hailed by The Times Literary Supplement as a “true work of art, this edition includes an exclusive conversation between the author and Philip Roth.

In 1943, Primo Levi, a twenty-five-year-old chemist and “Italian citizen of Jewish race,” was arrested by Italian fascists and deported from his native Turin to Auschwitz. Survival in Auschwitz is Levi’s classic account of his ten months in the German death camp, a harrowing story of systematic cruelty and miraculous endurance. Remarkable for its simplicity, restraint, compassion, and even wit, Survival in Auschwitz remains a lasting testament to the indestructibility of the human spirit. Included in this new edition is an illuminating conversation between Philip Roth and Primo Levi never before published in book form.

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Survival in Auschwitz is a mostly straightforward narrative, beginning with Primo Levi's deportation from Turin, Italy, to the concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland in 1943. Levi, then a 25-year-old chemist, spent 10 months in the camp. Even Levi's most graphic descriptions of the horrors he witnessed and endured there are marked by a restraint and wit that not only gives readers access to his experience, but confronts them with it in stark ethical and emotional terms: "[A]t dawn the barbed wire was full of children's washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need. Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him something to eat today?" --Michael Joseph Gross

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