The Voice of Memory

The Voice of Memory

Interviews, 1961-1987

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Interviews with the Holocaust survivor and writer reveal the many faces of Primo Levi, from his political polemicism to his thoughts on Jewish culture.

Norton Pub
The Holocaust survivor, writer, and scientist Primo Levi, in his own words. Over the course of more than twenty-five years, Primo Levi gave more than two hundred newspaper, journal, radio, and television interviews, speaking with such varied authors as Philip Roth and Germaine Greer. Marco Belpoliti and Robert Gordon have selected and translated thirty-six of the most important of these interviews for The Voice of Memory. We recognize the familiar voice of Levi's masterpieces, from The Periodic Table to The Drowned and the Saved. But we also see a fuller, more varied, and more complex picture of the writer famously shrouded in his past. There is Levi the Holocaust witness; the writer; the chemist; the intellectual; the political polemicist; and the atheist and Jew, holding onto his Jewish culture while rejecting the symbols of a faith he could not share. Levi emerges in a rich, contradictory, and essentially human light--he was a classic figure out of place. As he put it, "I am an amphibian, a centaur. . . . I live with this paranoiac split." Levi's status as perhaps the most important of the survivor-writers of the Holocaust is enhanced still further by his many voices speaking in this remarkable book. From The Voice of Memory: Survival in itself proves nothing; as someone who has survived I do not feel in any way either a hero or a resister. I am at peace with myself because I have borne witness, because I kept my eyes and ears open so that I could tell the story of what I saw truthfully, with accuracy. . . . Even today, after so many years, I have preserved a visual and acoustic memory of my experiences there that I cannot explain. . . . For some reason that I cannot fathom, something anomalous happened to me, almost an unconscious preparation for the task of bearing witness.

Book News
Levi gave more than 200 newspaper, journal, radio, and TV interviews between 1961 and 1987, the year he died. Editors Marco Belpoliti and Robert Gordon (Gordon also translated) selected 36 of the most significant conversations, many appearing in English for the first time, conducted by interviewers from Philip Roth to Germaine Greer. The interviews are divided into sections focusing on aspects of Levi's work: English encounters, life, books, literature and writing, Auschwitz and survival, and Judaism and Israel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
During the course of more than twenty-five years, Primo Levi gave over two hundred newspaper, journal, radio, and television interviews, speaking with figures as varied as Philip Roth and Germaine Greer. Thirty-six of the most important of these interviews - selected by Marco Belpoliti and Robert Gordon, with many translated into English for the first time - appear in The Voice of Memory.
We recognize here the familiar voice of Levi's masterpieces, from Survival in Auschwitz to The Drowned and the Saved. But we also encounter a fuller, more complex picture of the writer who was famously shrouded in his past. We see Levi the Holocaust witness alongside Levi the writer, the chemist, the intellectual, the polemicist, and the atheist and Jew, embracing his Jewish culture as he rejects a faith he could not share.
Levi stunningly emerges in a rich, contradictory, and essentially human light - he was a classic figure out of place. As he himself states, "I am an amphibian, a centaur . . . I live with this paranoiac split." Perhaps the most important of the Holoaust's survivor-writers, Levi's stature is still further enhanced by the remarkable voices speaking in this remarkable book.

Baker
& Taylor

Interviews with the Holocaust survivor and writer reveal the many faces of Primo Levi, from his political polemicism to his thoughts on Jewish culture. 10,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York, NY : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2001
ISBN: 9781565846456
1565846451
Branch Call Number: 858 L
Characteristics: xxix, 306 p. ;,24 cm

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