Primo Levi's Universe

A Writer's Journey

by Sam Magavern, Jonathan Rosen,

Primo Levi is best known as a memoirist of Auschwitz, but he was also a scientist, fiction writer, and poet: in short, a Renaissance man. Primo Levi's Universe offers a multi-faceted portrait of the heroic man who turned the concentration camp experience into beautiful yet terrifying literature. Over time, Levi developed an original world-view which he conveyed in his writing. Through careful readings of Levi's works, Sam Magavern finally does justice to his calm rationality, dark poetry, essential beliefs and wit. Levi's art and life are inextricably intertwined, and this book presents them together, allowing each to shed light on the other.

  • St. Martin's Press; July 2009
  • ISBN 9780230622906
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  • Title: Primo Levi's Universe
  • Author: Sam Magavern; Jonathan Rosen (other); Risa Sodi (other)
  • Imprint: St. Martin's Press

In The Press

“Magavern, in clear, careful language that Levi would appreciate, leads us through Levi's works and life, opening our ears and minds to a richer understanding of one of the most subtle and complex writers of the twentieth century.” —Ann Goldstein, The New Yorker, editor of the forthcoming complete works of Primo Levi

About The Author

Sam Magavern is a writer and public interest lawyer, currently teaching at the University at Buffalo Law School. He has written in a wide variety of genres – poetry, fiction, film, scholarly essays, and comic books – and published in many of the nation's leading literary magazines, including Poetry, The Antioch Review, and The Paris Review.

Jonathan Rosen is the author of the novels Eve's Apple and Joy Comes in the Morning and two works of non-fiction, The Talmud and the Internet: A Journey Between Worlds and his most recentbook, The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature,. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and other publications. He is editorial director of Nextbook, where he edits the "Jewish Encounters" series, published by Nextbook\Schocken.

Risa Sodi is the Director of Undergraduate Study, Senior Lector II, and Language Program Director at Yale University. She is the author of Narrative and Imperative: The First Fifty Years of Italian Holocaust Writing, 1944-1994 and A Dante of Our Time: Primo Levi and Auschwitz, as well as articles on modern Italian literature and history.