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Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall

Stanislao G. Pugliese

Abstract

More than twenty years ago, the Italian chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi fell to his death from the stairwell of his apartment building in Turin. Within hours, a debate exploded as to whether his death was an accident or a suicide and, if the latter, how this might force us to reinterpret his legacy as a writer and survivor. Many weighed in with thoughtful and sometimes provocative commentary, but the debate over his death has sometimes overshadowed the larger significance of his place as a thinker after Auschwitz. This volume contains chapters that deal directly with Levi an ... More

Keywords: Primo Levi, Holocaust, Auschwitz, Levi's writings, problem of representation, concentration camp, God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233588
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanislao G. Pugliese, editor
Department of History, Hofstra University