The Black Hole of Auschwitz

The Black Hole of Auschwitz

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The Black Hole of Auschwitz brings together Levi’s writings on the Holocaust and his experiences of the concentration camp, as well as those on his own accidental status as a writer and his chosen profession of chemist. In this book Levi rails intelligently and eloquently against what he saw as the ebb of compassion and interest in the Holocaust, and the yearly assault on the veracity and moral weight of the testimonies of its survivors. For Levi, to keep writing and, through writing, to understand why the Holocaust could happen, was nothing less than a safeguard against the loss of a collective memory of the atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish people.

This moving book not only reveals the care and conviction with which he wrote about the Holocaust, but also shows the range of Levi’s interests and the skill, thoughtfulness and sensitivity he brought to all his subjects. The consistency and moral force of Levi’s reflections and the clarity and intimacy of his style will make this book appeal to a wide readership, including those who have read and been moved by his masterpiece If This is a Man.

Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780745632414
Branch Call Number: 940.5318 LEV
Characteristics: xvii, 189 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Belpoliti, Marco 1954-


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Apr 30, 2014

I've read lots of Primo Levi's writing, and am borrowing this to see it this one escaped my notice. To me, he's by far and away the most moving writer about these horrors in our purported civilization. I make this note simply to remark on the sloppy, nay, completely stupid use of the word "irony" in the Author's Notes that our library has chosen to include. There's no irony whatsoever about his death by suicide.


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