Primo Levi

A Life

Ian Thomson

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Primo Levi wrote books that have been called "the essential works of humankind," including Survival in Auschwitz and The Periodic Table. Yet he lived an unremarkable existence, remaining to his death in the house in which he'd been born; managing a paint and varnish factory for thirty years; and tending his invalid mother to the end. Now, in a matchless account, Ian Thomson unravels the strands of an influential life.

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Praise for Primo Levi

"Beautiful in its arrangement and narration, measured and honest without ever being remotely dull. Thank goodness for Ian Thomson... the true and perfect biographer of Primo Levi."
--Daily Mail (UK)
"A modest but imposing work."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Thomson has surely written one of the best literary biographies of the year . . . Shrewdly, he has provided what any lover of Levi needs close by: not a critical interpretation or reinterpretation, but a reader's companion . . . Thomson writes with an exemplary mastery of detail and rare narrative verve . . . Superb."
--The Observer
"Intelligent, low-key, well-written, and mercifully innocent of big claims. It brilliantly captures what is remarkable about its subject: the life and emotional economy of a man who was 'ordinary'...An important biography."
--London Review of Books
"Ian Thomson has done a prodigious amount of research and presents a considerable amount of fresh biographical material . . . Highly persuasive."
--The New York Review of Books

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Ian Thomson

IAN THOMSON was one of the last writers to interview Primo Levi and devoted ten years to this biography. He lives in London.

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Primo Levi
A Life
Ian Thomson

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
December 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312423674
ISBN10: 0312423675
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 640 pages, Includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs
$26.00

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Metropolitan Books
March 2014
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ISBN: 9781466866065
ISBN10: 1466866063
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 608 pages, 2 8-page black-and-white inserts
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