Memory and Mastery: Primo Levi as Writer and Witness

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Interdisciplinary explorations into the work of one of the premier writer-survivors of the Holocaust.
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“Levi is quickly becoming an acknowledged master of the Holocaust—as a memoirist, I consider him to be as significant a commentator as Elie Wiesel. Lamentably, there are few books in English on Levi, and I believe anyone interested in the Holocaust and in Italian literature will be interested in this volume.” — Jay Losey, Baylor University

“Anyone interested in a greater understanding of our ‘age of atrocity’ will find this book necessary reading.” — Doug Beardsley, University of Victoria

Eleven essays representing diverse approaches<-->literary, psychoanalytic, linguistic, and historical<-->focus on all aspects of Italian writer and Holocaust survivor Levi's oeuvre, including his science-fiction writings and his poetry, as well as his fictional and nonfictional writings about the Holocaust. According to editor Kremer of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, Holocaust literature has not made many inroads into mainstream literary criticism, because respect for the subject matter tends to over-ride consideration of the writer's means of expression. These essays begin a look at Levi's writing through analysis of genre, audience, discourse, canon formation, reader reaction language, and form. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

Roberta S. Kremer is Executive Director of the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre.

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Table of Contents



Part I: Levi as Writer, Levi as Witness

1. The Haunted Journey of Primo Levi
Gian Paolo Biasin

2. Primo Levi and His Concept of Time: Time of the Gun, Time of the Spirit
Yaffa Eliach

3. The Rhetoric of the Univers Concentrationaire
Risa Sodi

Part II: Levi and Science

4. Primo Levi's Science as 'Evil Nurse': The Lesson of Inversion
Nancy Harrowitz

5. Moral Snares and Parables: Between Science Fiction and Midrash
Mirna Cicioni

Part III: Levi's Poetry

6. At an Uncertain Hour: The Other Side of Primo Levi
Nicholas Patruno

Part IV: Levi and Language

7. On Language and Violence
Brian Cliff

8. On Language and Personhood: A Linguistic Odyssey
Patricia Sayre and Linnea Vacca

Part V: Levi's Legacy

9. Bridging the Narrative and Visual: Primo Levi as a Source of Inspiration for Contemporary Artists
Stephen C. Feinstein

10. The Duty and Risk of Testimony: Primo Levi as Keeper of Memory
Franca Molino Signorini

11. Legacy in Gray
Lawrence L. Langer

Bibliography of Selected Works by and About Primo Levi



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