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The Magic Paint (Penguin Mini Modern Classics)

The Magic Paint (Penguin Mini Modern Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Primo Levi
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'He was blamed for endless disasters, from failed exams to a bridge collapse, an avalanche, even a shipwreck: all due, in the stupid opinion of, first, his fellow-students and, later, his colleagues, to the penetrating power of his evil eye...'

Profound and compassionate, Primo Levi was one of the most astonishing literary voices to emerge from the twentieth century. Whether describing the most beautiful poem ever composed or an invention gone horribly wrong, these eight exquisitely wrought stories open up a rich, fantastical world of wonder, adventure and cruel twists of fate, where nothing is as it seems.

This book contains The Magic Paint, The Death of Marinese, Censorship in Bitinia, Knall, Gladiators, The Fugitive, Bureau of Vital Statistics, Buffet Dinner

About the Author

Primo Levi was born in Turin in 1919. The son of an educated middle-class Jewish family, he graduated with a degree in chemistry and found a job as a research chemist in Milan. In December 1943, he was arrested as part of the anti-fascist resistance and deported to Auschwitz. After the war, Levi resumed his career as a chemist, retiring only in 1975. His graphic account of his time in Auschwitz, If This Is a Man, was published in 1947 and he went on to write many other books, including If Not Now, When? and The Periodic Table, emerging not only as one of the most profound and haunting commentators on the Holocaust, but as a great writer on many twentieth-century themes. In 1987, Primo Levi died in a fall that is widely believed to have been suicide.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 566 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141196092
  • Publisher: Penguin (15 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYFQD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Primo Levi was born into a Jewish family in Turin, Italy, in 1919. He spent time in Auschwitz and his novel If This Is a Man is a harrowing account of his ordeal. Levi died in 1987.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Gem 9 May 2011
If you have read Primo Levi's horrifying wartime experiences, prepare yourself for something completely different. This little book contains eight short stories, that at first seem set in our everyday world. But they each contain something of the fantastic, that the characters consider completely normal: magic paint, gladiators versus cars in the area, the problem of words evading their author and a very unusual party guest and more. I really, really enjoyed this collection and just wish there were more of these stories, preferably hundreds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Magic Little Volume 15 July 2012
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These short stories are truly comedic and neatly subversive. Coming from a survivor of the holocaust, they form a delightful 'V' sign to the Nazi's and the Nazi propaganda machine. The others come from a post-holocaust mind-set of surrealistic meaningless that is very blackly funny. Censorship in a fictitious country ends up being headed by an animal brood; there is a new craze for a toy that can kill; the height of cultural entertainment is prisoners working out their sentences in the gladiatorial ring. In a couple of these stories there an objector to whatever strange, vaguely unethical pastime or employ that usually ends up with the thin edge of the wedge but who nevertheless registers his resistance. I loved this little book, my first reading of Primo Levi. It is a slim volume that made me laugh out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the hokey world of Levi Primo 23 Dec 2012
The world, as painted by Primo Levi, is a hokey, calloused place. As stuffed full of surreal bureaucracy as it is twisted by mankind's ineptitude; as prickly as it is accommodating; and as intriguing as it is cruelly frustrating.

Like a bowl full of strange fruit, the eight short stories in this collection are no exception, and by carefully eschewing dialogue, Levi gives the stories the ethereal timbre of a voiceless choir. From animals courting smalltalk at a party, through to modern gladiators, the deadly craze of Knall, and the curse of a perfect poem, the stories are hard and sharp, while offering surprising comfort to the morass of modern life.

So if you like your reading with some bite, or to draw blood, or with an aftertaste of the bizarre, then get yourself a copy of this collection, strap yourself down and get ready to watch the psychedelic paint dry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to a classic writer 13 Aug 2012
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I had read good reviews of Primo Levi's work and purchased the mini-classic as an introduction. I did find these stories rather strange - but then the title is a good indication that they might be so! This edition in itself wouldn't make me want to read further books by the same author, but I may go back to the reviews at some stage to try and pinpoint a longer work which I might find more rewarding.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but a little strange 18 Nov 2012
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not Levi's finest. While some of the stories are really good others are just down right strange. I felt slightly let down.
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