The Complete Works of Primo Levi

Primo Levi (Author) Ann Goldstein (Editor)
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Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and Library Journal
A Holiday Gift Guide Selection in the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsday
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Selection

The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table, finally gathers all fourteen of Levi's books--memoirs, essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction--into three slipcased volumes.

Product Details

Price
$100.00
Publisher
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
September 28, 2015
Pages
3008
Dimensions
6.7 X 5.8 X 9.9 inches | 9.65 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780871404565
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About the Author

Born to a Jewish family in Turin in 1919, Primo Levi was trained as a chemist. During World War II, he was arrested as a member of a partisan group and deported to Auschwitz. After the camp's liberation, he returned to Italy and worked as a chemist, writing only on the side. His first book Survival at Auschwitz was a personal account of his year at the camps. The follow-up memoir The Reawakening cemented Levi as a leading authority on the Holocaust. Other books by Levi include Periodic Table, If Not Now, When?, The Monkey's Wrench, Other People's Trades, The Drowned and the Saved, and more. Primo Levi died in 1987 after falling down his apartment's stairway. Biographers remain divided as to whether his fall was a suicide or an accident.

Ann Goldstein is the former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was a Nobel Prize-winning American author, editor, and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1993.

Reviews

Levi, a scientist and deep humanist, vividly comes alive in this boxed set. A laudable, monumental effort to gather the work of a crucial writer of the 20th century in one voluminous package.
With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century titan, this slightly built, dutiful, 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.--Philip Roth
His life was a testament to the virtues of getting the past into proportion.--Clive James
Levi's best writing was about his life, about questions of freedom and survival.... [A] remarkable achievement.--Tim Parks
Represents a monumental and noble endeavor on the part of its publisher, its general editor, Ann Goldstein, and the many translators who have produced new versions of Levi's work. Although his best-known work has already benefited from fine English translation, it's a gift to have nearly all his writing gathered together, along with work that has not before been published in English.--James Woods
It is, by any measure, a monumental effort.... [Ann Goldstein] has succeeded. What he hear throughout is Primo Levi's voice: wry, honest, exact, compassionate in its recognition of human frailty, and imbued with (as he once wrote of Charles Darwin) 'the sober joy of a man who extracts order from chaos'.... Goldstein and her collaborators have performed an amazing service by allowing us to see him, as it were, complete.--James Marcus
Wonderful.... You cannot forget [Levi]. He writes clearly, cogently, concretely, compactly. His is a scientist's eye, and he often said (with his trademark dry humor) that the main model for his writing was the lab report. Yet in the best contemporary sense, he's also stylish, laboratory-scrupulous in sentence, description, and word choice, always with a sense of the lively mind behind the words.... Levi is among the prime writers to emerge after World War II. This treasure trove will cement his reputation.--John Timpane
A major and most welcome cultural event. It will astonish most of Levi's English-speaking readers by revealing the richness and extent of his oeuvre.... Levi discharged this duty triumphantly in works of unequaled intellectual rigor, compassion, and modesty.--Louis Begley
The triumph of human identity and worth over the pathology of human destruction glows virtually everywhere in Levi's writing...Time and time again we are moved by his narratives of how men refuse erasure.--Toni Morrison, from the introduction
The Complete Works of Primo Levi is an act that transfigures publishing into conscience at its most sublime.--Cynthia Ozick