Auschwitz Report

By Primo Levi; Robert S. C. Gordon (Editor); Judith Wolf (Translator)
(Verso, Hardcover, 9781844670925, 97pp.)

Publication Date: October 2006

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Description
While in a Russian-administered holding camp in Katowice, Poland, in 1945, Primo Levi was asked to provide a report on living conditions in Auschwitz. Published the following year, it was then forgotten, and has until now remained unknown to a wider public.
Dating from the weeks and months immediately after the war, "Auschwitz Report" represents a fascinating and unusual return to the very earliest phase of Holocaust testimony. It details the author's deportation to Auschwitz, selections for work and extermination, everyday life in the camp, and the organization and working of the gas chambers. It constitutes Levi's first, astonishingly lucid attempts to come to terms with the raw horror of events that would drive him to create some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature and testimony. "Auschwitz Report" is a major literary and historical discovery.



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.

Robert S.C. Gordon is Senior Lecturer in Italian and Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. His work on twentieth-century Italian culture includes books on Primo Levi and Pier Paolo Pasolini.

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