Levi, Primo. If this is a Man

Janine Henderson HYMS: Wonderful narrative of Levi`s time in Auschwitz which departs from what you might expect in that it is not a detailed account of his own suffering but much more a kind of anthropological observation of man`s behaviour under duress. He manages to be almost entirely non-judgmental, despite the atrocities which he is witnessing and experiencing, trying to understand the behaviours of his fellow men in the context which creates them. Despite his  apparent positivity, Levi died 40 years later in what many assume was a suicidal fall down a stairwell. Wonderful quote from fellow survivor Elie Weisel “Primo Levi died at Auschwitz forty years earlier.”

Publisher: Abacus
ISBN-10: 0349100136

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