Primo Levi, one of the most admired of Holocaust writers and survivors, was the author of a rich body of work, including memoirs and reflections on Auschwitz and also poetry, science fiction, historical fiction and a wide range of essays. This Companion brings together leading specialists and young scholars in the fields of Holocaust studies, Italian literature and language, and literature and science, to offer an accessible introduction to the work of this major writer of the twentieth century.
Introduction / Robert S.C. Gordon. Pt. I. Cultures. Primo Levi's Turin / David Ward Primo Levi's Jewish identity / Nancy Harrowitz. Pt. II. The Holocaust. From If this is a man to The drowned and the saved / Judith Woolf Primo Levi's Holocaust vocabularies / Marco Belpoliti and Robert S.C. Gordon Appropriating Primo Levi / Bryan Cheyette. Pt. III. Science. Primo Levi and 'man as maker' / Pierpaolo Antonello Primo Levi's science-fiction / Charlotte Ross. Pt. IV. Language and literature. Primo Levi's languages / Anna Laura Lepschy and Giulio Lepschy Primo Levi's humour / Mirna Cicioni Primo Levi and translation / Zaia Alexander Primo Levi, the canon and Italian literature / Jonathan Ushe