Title

Primo Levi

Keywords

Primo Levi, Italian literature, literature, essay, fiction, Jewish

Abstract

Born in Turin, 31 July 1919, to Cesare Levi, engineer, and wife Ester (née Luzzati). Studied at Liceo-Ginnasio D'Azeglio from 1934; University of Turn, degree in chemistry, 1941. Joined partisans in Valle D'Aosta to fight German invaders, 1943; arrested and sent to Carpi-Fossoli internment camp near Modena. Deported to Auschwitz, February 1944; worked as slave laborer at rubber factory of Buns-Monowitz (I.G. Farben, Auschwitz III). Liberated by Soviet army, 1945; after long journey through central and easter Europe, reunited with family in Turin, October 1945. Married Lucia Morpurgo, teacher, 1947; two children. Worked as industrial chemist for SIVA (paints, enamels, synthetic resins), Settimo, Turin; retired to write full-time, 1975. Regular contributor to La stampa. Many awards, including Premio Campiello, 1963, 1982; Premio Bagutta, 1967; Premio Strega 1979; Premio Viareggio, 1982; co-recipient, with Saul Bellow, of Kenneth B. Smilen Fiction Award of Jewish Museum, New York, 1985; Present Tense/Joel H. Cavior Literary Award, 1986; Prato Prize (for resistance work). Died after fall down stairwell, some populate a suicide attempt, Turin, 11 April 1987.

Original Publication Citation

"Primo Levi," Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century, ed. Sorrel Kerbel (New York-London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003): 323-325.

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2003

Publisher

Fitzroy Dearborn

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

French and Italian

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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