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Answering AuschwitzPrimo Levi's Science and Humanism after the Fall$
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Stanislao G. Pugliese

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233588

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233588.001.0001

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Literary Encounters and Storytelling Techniques

Literary Encounters and Storytelling Techniques

(p.156) Chapter 12 Literary Encounters and Storytelling Techniques
Answering Auschwitz

Elizabeth Scheiber

Fordham University Press

At first glance, Primo Levi's Lilìt appears to be a loosely connected collection of stories divided into three unequal parts. The first section contains autobiographical material from Auschwitz and descriptions of other Shoah victims that Levi discovered in literature. The next two sections are a hodgepodge of fictional stories that range from fantasy tales and science fiction to musings on literature and stories about apparently everyday people. Lilìt is a more unified collection than it appears to be, and, as is argued in this chapter, this work deserves to be examined as a cohesive work. The three section titles frame their content, orienting an encounter of some kind toward a crisis or catastrophe. Taken as a whole, the collection makes an interconnected statement on the nature of writing and communication.

Keywords:   Primo Levi, Lilìt, Auschwitz, Shoah victims, writing, communication

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