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A Tranquil Star: Unpublished Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Primo Levi
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3 April 2008 Penguin Modern Classics
Primo Levi was one of the most astonishing voices to emerge from the twentieth century. This landmark selection of his short stories opens up a world of wonder, love, cruelty and curious twists of fate, where nothing is as it seems. In ‘The Fugitive’ an office worker composes the most beautiful poem ever with unforeseen consequences, while ‘Magic Paint’ sees a group of researchers develop a paint that mysteriously protects them from misfortune. ‘Gladiators’ and ‘The Knall’ are chilling explorations of mass violence, and in ‘The Tranquil Star’ a simple story of stargazing becomes a meditation on language, imagination and infinity.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014118891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188911
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,892 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 important and gifted writers of our time'
-- Italo Calvino

"His writing brims with metaphorical reflection and a love of
storytelling" -- Metro

"This is a fascinating collection [...] Reminds us of what a
marvellously varied writer was lost to the world that Easter weekend of
April 1987." -- The Daily Telegraph

'In Levi's writing, nothing is superfluous and everything is
essential' -- Saul Bellow

'The infinite and the ineffable, portrayed with singular wit and
-- Starred Kirkus Review

In Levi's writing, nothing is superfluous and everything is
essential -- Saul Bellow

Magically endearing, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've
known -- Philip Roth --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A TRANQUIL STAR, the first new collection of Primo Levi's
previously untranslated fiction to appear since 1990, affirms his position
as one of the 20th century's most enduring writers. These 17 stories, first
published in Italian between 1949 and 1986, demonstrate Levi's
extraordinary range. taking the reader from the resistance of a captured
partisan fighter to a middle-aged chemist experimenting with a new paint
that wards off evil. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Primo Levi is known to English readers mainly for his writings on the Holocaust—Survival in Auschwitz and The Truce—and for the autobiographical Periodic Table. Read the first page
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2.0 out of 5 stars Most should have stayed unpublished 9 Jun 2008
By Jezza
I love Primo Levi, but most of the stories in this collection are dull and should have stayed filed with his papers. The only exception, I think, is "The Sorcerers".
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Twenty years after Primo Levi's tragic death, discover a whole new side of Levi's writing in these luminous stories appearing here in English for the very first time. Levi was not just one of the great documentary memoirists of the Holocaust, but - as these stories remind us - an accomplished, imaginative writer of fiction in his own right. Levi is rightly considered one of Italy's greatest writers of the last century. (Re)-read his 'Periodic Table' or novel about partisans 'If Not Now, When?'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 28 Dec 2012
By Jenny
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As always, Primo Levi provides thought provoking stories painted on a dark background. It is interesting to look into someone else's mind, but its not a place to stay for too long....
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