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Other People's Trades (Abacus Books) Paperback – 4 Nov 1999

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (4 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034910185X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349101859
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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One of the most interesting books I have ever read - by a great and good writer (OBSERVER)

There is no contest. The noblest book of the year (Anita Brookner, SPECTATOR)

There is nothing heavy or preachy about these delightful essays, but taken together they add up to a memorable portrait of what a human being is or ought to be (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

A book to return to in the anticipation of pleasure of a bracing intellectual kind (TLS)

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An auto-biographical collection of essays exploring some of the subjects that fascinated Levi, from long lost summers with imaginary creatures to returning to school at sixty.

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I have always lived (with involuntary interruptions) in the house where I was born; so my mode of living has not been the result of a choice. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. A. Spencer on 21 July 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of 43 essays by Primo Levi written between 1969 & 1985. They were originally written for publication in Levi's column of the Turin newspaper La Stampa. The subject matter is diverse, ranging from his original trade of a chemist, through many of the sciences, literature, zoology, astronomy and even a look at his home. The format of the book allows the reader to dip in and out wherever they like or to read from start to finish, either way does not diminish the enjoyment. All the essays are extremely enjoyable and thought provoking and highlight Levi's skill and erudition.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A humane, wise book 11 Aug. 2001
By Lawrence W. Prichard - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is really unfortunate that this book is out of print now, it deserves to be reissued and widely read. Those who know of Primo Levi only know, for the most part, that he was a partisan, was a survivior of Auschwitz, a chemist, and died, a likely suicide. All of these are true. However, there is more to Primo Levi than those stark facts, and this book makes them abundantly clear. Levi had many interests, a lively curiosity, and was an excellent writer. Think Stephen Jay Gould or Lewis Thomas as a passionate Italian, and you're close.He does not mention his time at Auschwitz in this book. He writes about his youth, the apartment building in Turin he always lived in, about his experiences with primitive personal computers/word preocessors, his trip upon a submarine, and so much more.
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Disappointed 24 Dec. 2013
By Rose Miller - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book had a plastic cover and looked like a used library book; would rather have had a new paperback.
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