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Periodic Table (84 Edition)

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Staff Pick

One of Levi's more mystifying, yet fascinating works. Interworking elements of memoir and his skills as a master storyteller, Levi uses each chapter to tug at a different thread of the intricately woven history of the Holocaust. You may occasionally wish you still had your high school chemistry book. Nevertheless, this collection — uplifting, astonishing, and, at times, terrifying — will confound and enthrall you.
Recommended by Emily, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

An extraordinary work in which each of the 21 chapters takes its title and starting point from one of the elements in the periodic table. Mingling fact and fiction, history and anecdote, Levi uses his training as a chemist and his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz to illuminate the human condition.

Review:

"The best introduction to the psychological world of one of the most important and gifted writers of our times." Italo Calvino

Review:

"Levi's most important work... brilliant, ironic, and humane." Walter Clemons, Newsweek

Review:

"We are always looking for a book that is necessary to read next. There is nothing superfluous here, everything this book contains in essential." Saul Bellow

Review:

"[A] work of healing, of tranquil, even buoyant imagination." New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levis transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew.

It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levis gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levis masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him.

The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805210415
Other:
Levi, Primo
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
Author:
Levi, Primo
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Tables, etc.
Subject:
Italian fiction
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
Nr. 699
Publication Date:
19950431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.68 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 240 pages Schocken Books - English 9780805210415 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

One of Levi's more mystifying, yet fascinating works. Interworking elements of memoir and his skills as a master storyteller, Levi uses each chapter to tug at a different thread of the intricately woven history of the Holocaust. You may occasionally wish you still had your high school chemistry book. Nevertheless, this collection — uplifting, astonishing, and, at times, terrifying — will confound and enthrall you.

"Review" by , "The best introduction to the psychological world of one of the most important and gifted writers of our times."
"Review" by , "Levi's most important work... brilliant, ironic, and humane."
"Review" by , "We are always looking for a book that is necessary to read next. There is nothing superfluous here, everything this book contains in essential."
"Review" by , "[A] work of healing, of tranquil, even buoyant imagination."
"Synopsis" by , (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levis transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew.

It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levis gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levis masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him.

The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.

From the Hardcover edition.

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