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  • Unknown Binding: 42 pages
  • Publisher: Careerr Management Center (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006DMK6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Gareth Smyth VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I read this book during the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000 as I wondered what would happen to the Lebanese I was meeting who had collaborated with the Israeli occupiers. Who exactly was guilty? And how guilty were they?
Levi writes about guilt in the horrific circumstances of the Nazi concentration camp, mulling over those who co-operated with the Nazis (working, eg, as cleaners)if only to extend their lives by a short period. He writes with an astonishing humanity and humility, and with a strange detachment that makes his observations more telling.
Having survived such a hell, he felt the guilt of the 'saved' that he had seen so many 'drown' and he wrote as a man of compassion and wisdom. Levi will make you cry and take you to the depths, but somehow make you feel stronger.
Surely one of the most important books of the twentieth century.
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Levi once again manages to concisely delve into the topic of the Holocaust. Here he refers to his experiences to confront the deeper issues of life in the Lager and the after effects it had on the survivors, the Saved. It can best be surmised as a collection of essays that address various topics, (including, but not exclusively): the fallacies of memories, prisoners who cooperated with the Nazis, the importance of communication and language in the Lager, the guilt felt by survivors and the response from his German readers. If you have read Levi's autobiographical works, then this is a necessary accompaniment. The only negative thing I have to say about this edition is the review on the back jacket which so firmly states that Levi's death was a suicide, and makes conjectures as to why he did so. His death is a mystery and will always remain as such.(Good content, bad cover!)
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I heard recently a statistic that claimed that more than 12% of the population of the UK (of adult age)had never even heard of Adolf Hitler. How many of those that did, I wondered, knew about what he did to European Jewry? Those who do know of the holocaust usually know of little other than Auschwitz but even then only think of it as a railway station with a path to the side that leads to a gas chamber, not as an actual camp where thousands struggled to live what life they were temporarily allowed in order to serve their murderes via forced labour.
Prison stories are always chilling but most think of prison as a place of holding until release, not death. What place does morality, conscience, hygiene and dignity have in a death camp?
Levi's description of camp life in 'Is this a Man'is not as brutal and disturbing as perhaps those related in Martin Gilbert's 'The Holocaust', the book seems less about the atrocities afflicted on the inmates but on how they survived them and further still retained the spirit and will to continue. In 'The Drowned and the Saved' Levi attempts to understand the German people of the Nazi era. How they endorsed or allowed themselves to be seduced by the Nazi ideology... by greed, vanity and hatred... to turn their backs on morality, truth and basic human goodness. Germany will always be remembered or rather tarnished because of the Nazis, it will always remain as much a part of their history as the Congo atrocities belonged to Leopold's Belgium, Australia's belong with the British and the on-going crimes visited on the Native Americans...
I have not the knowledge or right to really comment on his work or indeed on the work of any survivor. It is not my place even to judge those that commited the crimes. What is important is that I (and others of my age) know of them. For to be ignorant of it is not only a betrayal of those destroyed by it, but a further crime against those who survived it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Gray Zone... 17 Mar 2011
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is Primo Levi's last reflections on the Holocaust. His most famous book, published shortly after his experience in it, is entitled in the English language version, Survival In Auschwitz This collection of essays was written almost 40 years later, shortly before his death. It will never be definitely determined if he committed suicide in 1987, but the possibility that he may have adds poignancy to the various passages in these essays in which he discusses the suicide of other survivors of the Holocaust, including his friend, and fellow intellectual, Jean Améry. In the essay fittingly entitled "Stereotypes," Levi was quite clear about why he felt these essays were necessary: "... the gap that exists and grows wider every year between things as they were `down there' and things as they are represented by the current imagination fed by approximative books, films, and myths. It slides fatally toward simplification and stereotype, a trend against which I would like here to erect a dike."

To that end, one of the very strongest essays in this collection is entitled "The Gray Zone." Levi says "It is a gray zone, poorly defined, where the two camps of masters and servants both diverge and converge. This gray zone possesses an incredibly complicated internal structure and contains within itself enough to confuse our need to judge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A testament to humanity
Levi is one of humanity's most admirable individuals, heroic for reasons he would be much too modest to accept. In death he stands among the immortals. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scott Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading
This book was compelling reading highlighting the class structure between the prisoners, the hardships of surviving and the need to be a strong character to come out of the prison... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Stewart Davie
4.0 out of 5 stars A difficult but interesting read.
Another Holocast story written as a novel but true. It makes difficult reading but should be read. Levi tries to understand the mentality that instigated the camps and murder of... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. F. J. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the grey zone, powerfully and movingly articulated
In this fine collection of essays, the late Primo Levi reflects on the Jewish experience of the Nazi death camps. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeremy Bevan
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchase of The Drowned and the Saved
A book which gives much food for thought - writiten in an impressive manner by an Itlanian Parmacist who was in a German concentration camp during WW2.
Published on 12 Nov 2011 by avid reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and harrowing
Nothing particularly new that I hadn't read or heard of before, but the first-hand experience was very powerful. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by D. P. Jenkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Death camp survivor
The author, Primo Levi, tries to understand the criminal and insane rationale behind Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Bergen-Belsen. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2007 by David I. Howells
5.0 out of 5 stars How does one survive in a world built to murder you?
I heard recently a statistic that claimed that more than 12% of the population of the UK (of adult age)had never even heard of Adolf Hitler. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving and thought provoking account of the Holocaust
Moving, thought provoking and upsetting. It made me want to read it until I reached the very end without pausing for breath. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2001
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