If This is a Man/The Truce by Primo Levi

About the book

With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi’s writing isn’t just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a “magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I’ve ever known” – PHILIP ROTH

Reviewed by Chandlers Ford Wednesday Reading Group:

Compelling read, straight forward and unemotionally told. Filled in a lot of gaps in our collective knowledge of these dreadful events.
Star rating ****+

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2 thoughts on “If This is a Man/The Truce by Primo Levi”

  1. Review by Hartley Readers:
    essential reading. Brilliant dispassionate account of horrific experience in Nazi slave work camp; survival, as an exceptional individual man.
    Star rating: ****


  2. Review by St Mary’s Parish Book Club, Gosport Reading Group:
    Our group simply could not stop talking about this book and the whole subject of the holocaust. We think everyone should read it. It took us into areas, previously unexplored like Dante’s Divine Comedy and the psychology of ‘in’ and ‘out’ groups and group conformity.
    Star rating: ****


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