This biography looks at the life and work of Primo Levi the noted Italian philosopher, writer and scientist. This book looks at the man within his life in Turin, before, during and after World War II. The particular place of the Jew in Italy, Primo Levi as a European as well as a notable survivor of Auschwitz and at the influence he had on people all over the world, particularly in the last 15 years, are all covered in the book.
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'Her book isn't only a biography it's about biography - the guilt, frustration, risk and excitement of capturing someone else's life.' GuardianFrom the Publisher:
Philip Roth described Primo Levi's most famous work, If This Is a Man, as 'one of the century's truly necessary books.' This remark could also be used to describe the man behind the work: for Levi is, without doubt, one of the twentieth century's truly necessary writers. Here, for the first time, we have a biography that does him justice. Carole Angier's profound, touching and revealing book not only brings to light previously unpublished writing - the first and last things Levi ever wrote - but also reveals, with great sensitivity, his secret personal world: his lifelong battle with depression, and its role in his end; his difficulties with emotion, both before and after Auschwitz; his sustaining friends.
Hilary Spurling writes: The Double Bond has the pace and grip of a thriller. I could hardly put it down from start to finish. Carole Angier explores the dark secrets of Primo Levi's life and work with humane and moving clarity. She uses the unknown and unknowable as key structural elements like holes in lace in a biographical design as rich, intricate and mysterious as the nature of the man it mirrors.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140165878