Written Arts Program, Jewish Studies Program, Italian Studies Program, and Hannah Arendt Center Present
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction by Prof. Cecile Kuznitz
Toni Morrison described Primo Levi’s writing as a “triumph of human identity and worth over the pathology of human destruction.” Levi is the distinguished author of decisive books such as If This Is a Man, and The Periodic Table. For the first time the entire oeuvre of the most acclaimed Holocaust survivor is available in English, after a seven-year collective endeavor led by Ann Goldstein, New Yorker editor and celebrated translator of Elena Ferrante and Jhumpa Lahiri. Together with Goldstein, the event will feature Michael F. Moore, a most accomplished translator from Italian and UN interpreter.
For more information on Goldstein and the Complete Works of Primo Levi, view interview: HERE
University of Turin, and graduated summa cum laude in chemistry in 1941. Two years later he joined friends in northern Italy in an attempt to connect with a resistance movement, but he was captured and sent to Auschwitz. While there, Levi worked as a slave labourer for an I.G. Farbenindustrie synthetic-rubber factory. Upon the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviets in 1945, Levi returned to Turin, where in 1961 he became the general manager of a factory producing paints, enamels, and synthetic resins; the association was to last some 30 years.
Levi’s first book, If This Is a Man, or Survival in Auschwitz), demonstrated extraordinary qualities of humanity and detachment in its analysis of the atrocities he had witnessed. His later autobiographical works, La tregua (1963; The Truce, or The Reawakening) and I sommersi e i salvati (1986; The Drowned and the Saved), are further reflections on his wartime experiences. Il sistema periodico (1975; The Periodic Table) is a collection of 21 meditations, each named for a chemical element, on the analogies between the physical, chemical, and moral spheres; of all of Levi’s works, it is probably his greatest critical and popular success. He also wrote poetry, novels, and short stories. His 1987 death was apparently a suicide.
Sponsors: Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, and the Hannah Arendt Center
March 8, 6:00pm
RKC 103 - Laszlo Z. Bito ‘60 Auditorium
Free & Open to the Public!
For more information, call 845-758-6822, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium