Title

Primo Levi

Keywords

Primo Levi, biography, literature, literary biography, chemistry

Abstract

Chemistry and literature, viewed by most people as widely different subjects, come together in the works of Primo Levi, an Italian Jew who was both a professional chemist and a professional writer. Levi said that he wanted to fill the gap between the imaginative world of literature and the analytical world of science. Believing such a gap absurd, he was never daunted by the purported incompatibility between the two fields of knowledge. Levi's literary work is also marked by his experience in Auschwitz's concentration camp, where he was interned from February 1944 to January 1945. Through his characteristically clear and precise prose, he dealt with political and social issues as a survivor of the Nazi regime.

Original Publication Citation

"Primo Levi," Dictionary of Literary Biography (DlB): Italian Novelists Since World War II, ed. Augustus Pallotta; vol. 177 (Detroit-Washington DC-London: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1997): 162-170.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1997

Publisher

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

French and Italian

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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