Survival in Auschwitz: If This Is a Man is a book written by the Italian author, Primo Levi. It describes his experiences in the concentration camp at Auschwitz during the Second World War.
Levi, then a 25-year-old chemist, spent 10 months in Auschwitz before the camp was liberated by the Red Army. Of the 650 Italian Jews in his shipment, Levi was one of only twenty who left the camps alive. The average life expectancy of a new entrant was three months.
This truly amazing story offers a revealing glimpse into the realities of the Holocaust and its effects on our world.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1414462 in Books
- Brand: Brand: BN Publishing
- Published on: 2007-08-20
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: 9.02″ h x .45″ w x 5.98″ l, .55 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 214 pages
- ISBN13: 9789562915304
- Condition: New
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Survival in Auschwitz is a mostly straightforward narrative, beginning with Primo Levi’s deportation from Turin, Italy, to the concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland in 1943. Levi, then a 25-year-old chemist, spent 10 months in the camp. Even Levi’s most graphic descriptions of the horrors he witnessed and endured there are marked by a restraint and wit that not only gives readers access to his experience, but confronts them with it in stark ethical and emotional terms: “[A]t dawn the barbed wire was full of children’s washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need. Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him something to eat today?” –Michael Joseph Gross
The Times Literary Supplement (London) Survival in Auschwitz has the inevitability of the true work of art. —Review
Italo CalvinoOne of the most important and gifted writers of our time.
David Caute,New StatesmanSurvival in Auschwitz is a stark prose poem on the deepest sufferings of man told without self-pity, but with a muted passion and intensity, an occasional cry of anguish, which makes it one of the most remarkable documents I have ever read.
Meredith Tax,The Village VoiceMore than anything else I’ve read or seen, Levi’s books helped me not only to grasp the reality of genocide but to figure out what it means for people like me who grew up sheltered from the storm.
The Times Literary Supplement (London)Survival in Auschwitz has the inevitability of the true work of art.
Text: English, Italian (translation)