Primo Levi: The Matter of a Life

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Yale University Press
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6.01 X 8.57 X 0.82 inches | 0.79 pounds
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About the Author
Berel Lang is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, State University of New York, Albany. He is the author or editor of twenty-one books, including Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide, The Concept of Style, and, most recently, Philosophical Witnessing: The Holocaust as Presence. He lives in Riverdale, NY.

"Professor Lang has written an informative and wide-ranging guide to the life and work of a man, who like Dante before him, had been to hell and back."--Ian Thomson, Evening Standard--Ian Thomson "Evening Standard" (1/16/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"In this concise, well-researched, unemotional account of the writer's life and death, philosopher and Holocaust scholar Berel Lang remains scrupulously agnostic about such straightforward cause and effect."--Tim Adams, The Observer--Tim Adams "The Observer" (2/2/2014 12:00:00 AM)

"Berel Lang's brilliantly nuanced book is, as far as I know, the first to successfully extract a philosophically coherent worldview from Primo Levi's artistic, biographical and essayistic writing. Such an enterprise requires tact, subtlety, and sensitivity to what is implicit and latent in a writer like Levi, whose 'clarity' masks as well as manifests the complexity of his sensibility."--Hayden White, University of California

--Hayden White

"Lang develops a strikingly original approach to an old problem: the relation of thought and feeling to experience. Primo Levi says much that is new, and compelling, in an area where it was hard to imagine there was anything new to be said."--Howard Needler, Wesleyan University

--Howard Needler
"Lang has written a wise and deeply-felt examination of the personal and philosophical conditions that made Primo Levi's work possible."--William Giraldi, New Republic--William Giraldi "New Republic"
"Berel Lang has given us a fresh vision of a fascinating and rather mysterious figure."--Philip K. Jason, Jewish Book Council--Philip K. Jason "Jewish Book Council"