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Periodic Table


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ISBN13: 9780805208115
ISBN10: 0805208119
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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.

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lukas, January 25, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"Fascism had had its effect on us, as on almost all Italians, alienating us and making us superficial, passive, and cynical." Italian writer and chemist Primo Levi is probably best known for his memoirs about his time in Auschwitz ("The Drowned and the Saved," "Survival in Auschwitz") and this too is autobiographical, but is more focused on his chemistry work. Each piece is named after an element (hence the title) such as Argon or Gold. Sadly, Levi committed suicide in 1987.
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