The Periodic Table

Levi, Primo

Book - 1995?
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Periodic Table
The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi's transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew. It recounts the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of World War II, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world.

Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, [1995?], c1984
ISBN: 0805210415
Branch Call Number: 854.9 L664p 1995
Characteristics: 233 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosenthal, Raymond


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Jan 25, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"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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