Life Reading Primo Levi
posted by January 8 at 13:31 PMon
I was reading the latest New Yorker this weekend, and was surprised to see a short story by Italian writer Primo Levi, since he’s been dead since 1987. He came to writing later in life, after he had survived the horrors of internment at Auschwitz. I always read his writing with a bit of sadness, since I learned that his death was ruled a suicide. His book Survival in Auschwitz gets the attention, but the book that has always stayed with me is The Truce, a recounting of his eight-month journey across Europe to get home after he was released from the camp. It chronicles his bafflement at his own survival and his attempts to reconnect with the post-war world.