A Tranquil Star

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A Tranquil Star

Unpublished Stories of Primo Levi

By Primo Levi; Ann Goldstein (Translator); Alessandra Bastagli (Translator)

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393064681, 164pp.

Publication Date: April 11, 2007

These seventeen stories, first published in Italian between 1949 and 1986, demonstrate Levi's extraordinary range, taking the reader from the primal resistance of a captured partisan fighter to a middle-aged chemist experimenting with a new paint that wards off evil, to the lustful thoughts of an older man obsessed with a mysterious woman in a seaside villa. In the title story, Levi demonstrates his unerringly tragic understanding of the fragility of the universe through the tale of a pensive astronomer, terrified by the possibility that a long-dormant star might explode and reduce the entire planet to vapor. This remarkable new collection affirms Italo Calvino's conviction that Levi was "one of the most important and gifted writers of our time.

About the Author
Primo Levi (1919 1987) was an Italian chemist and writer, best known for his memoirs If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table.

Ann Goldstein is Senior Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Alessandra Bastagli is the translator of Primo Levi's stories in A Tranquil Star and his essays in The Complete Works. She lives in New York.