Primo Levi's Universe by Sam Magavern
A Writer's Journey

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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.


About Sam Magavern

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Sam Magavern has written for Poetry, The Partisan Review, and The Paris Review, among others.  He is a professor at the University at Buffalo Law School and serves on the city's Living Wage Commission. He lives in Buffalo, New York. Jonathan Rosen (introduction) is the author of Eve’s Apple and The Talmud and the Internet. His essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker among others. He is editorial director of Nextbook, where he edits the “Jewish Encounters” series.   Risa Sodi (afterword) 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. She was the last person to interview Levi before his death.
Published June 25, 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade. 257 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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