If This Is A Man/The Truce (50th Anniversary Edition): Surviving Auschwitz (Paperback)
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If This Is A Man/The Truce (50th Anniversary Edition): Surviving Auschwitz (Paperback)

(author), (author of introduction), (translator)
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Published: 09/02/2023
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A new edition of Primo Levi's classic memoir of the Holocaust, with an introduction by David Baddiel, author of Jews Don't Count

'With the moral stamina and intellectual poise 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... One of the greatest human testaments of the era' Philip Roth

'Levi's voice is especially affecting, so clear, firm and gentle, yet humane and apparently untouched by anger, bitterness or self-pity... If This Is a Man is miraculous, finding the human in every individual who traverses its pages' Philippe Sands

'The death of Primo Levi robs Italy of one of its finest writers... One of the few survivors of the Holocaust to speak of his experiences with a gentle voice' Guardian

'[What] gave it such power... was the sheer, unmitigated truth of it; the sense of what a book could achieve in terms of expanding one's own knowledge and understanding at a single sitting... few writers have left such a legacy... A necessary book' Independent

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780349142869
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

The death of Primo Levi robs Italy of one of its finest writers . . . One of the few survivors of the Holocaust to speak of his experiences with a gentle voice - Guardian

Levi's voice is especially affecting, so clear, firm and gentle, yet humane and apparently untouched by anger, bitterness or self-pity. If This Is a Man is miraculous, finding the human in every individual who traverses its pages, whether a Häftling (prisoner) or Muselmann ("the weak, the inept, those doomed to selection"), a kapo or a guard. - Philippe Sands

With the moral stamina and intellectual poise 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... One of the greatest human testaments of the era - Philip Roth

There are other Holocaust testimonies, but Levi's is the first, and the most focused... Written before the genre existed, it reads more straightforwardly like a record... It is a meticulously presented diary of hell - David Baddiel

[What] gave it such power... was the sheer, unmitigated truth of it; the sense of what a book could achieve in terms of expanding one's own knowledge and understanding at a single sitting... few writers have left such a legacy... A necessary book - Independent

A life-changing book - Daily Express

Among the best literature of the twentieth century - Atlantic

A powerful reminder of what it means to be human - The Conversation

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“If This is a Man/The Truce”

No brief summery could do justice to the power of this book. It is a document of such intensity and horror that although my eyes were full of tears I couln't stop reading. The cruelty which Primo Levi suffered... More

Paperback edition
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“What a read...”

I chose to read and study the book for my A Level Literature coursework, and wow- what a read! Harrowing and tear inducing at times, but blissfully hopeful at others. A remarkable novel. Unique. You must read it!

Paperback edition
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“Compulsory Reading”

WW2 literature is boring right? We’ve had it hammered into us since school and we know the Nazis were the bad guys and did bad things. So why would Levi tell you anything you didn’t know?

The reason being: Levi is... More

Paperback edition
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