Memory and Mastery
Primo Levi as Writer and Witness
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Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.
This book carefully examines the work of Primo Levi, one of the premier survivor-writers of the Holocaust and one of the outstanding Italian writers of the twentieth century. Artists, writers, and educators have all turned to Levi's writing as a source of inspiration and wisdom in coping with the tragedy of the Holocaust. Until recently, however, there have been few book-length works in English on Levi. This collection of essays from an international group of writers aims to bring greater critical attention to Levi's work by exploring all aspects of his oeuvre, including his science-fiction writings and his poetry, as well as his fictional and nonfictional writings about the Holocaust. Interdisciplinary in nature, this collection includes literary, psychoanalytic, linguistic, and historical approaches to Levi's work.
Roberta S. Kremer is Executive Director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.
"Levi is quickly becoming an acknowledged master of the Holocaust—as a memoirist, I consider him to be as significant a commentator as Elie Wiesel. Lamentably, there are few books in English on Levi, and I believe anyone interested in the Holocaust and in Italian literature will be interested in this volume." — Jay Losey, Baylor University
"Anyone interested in a greater understanding of our 'age of atrocity' will find this book necessary reading." — Doug Beardsley, University of Victoria