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The 2021 Complete Works of outlet sale Primo Levi sale

The 2021 Complete Works of outlet sale Primo Levi sale

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post and Library Journal
A Holiday Gift Guide Selection in the San Francisco Chronicle and Newsday
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table, finally gathers all fourteen of Levi’s books―memoirs, essays, poetry, commentary, and fiction―into three slipcased volumes.

Primo Levi, the Italian-born chemist once described by Philip Roth as that “quicksilver little woodland creature enlivened by the forest’s most astute intelligence,” has largely been considered a heroic figure in the annals of twentieth-century literature for If This Is a Man, his haunting account of Auschwitz. Yet Levi’s body of work extends considerably beyond his experience as a survivor. Now, the transformation of Levi from Holocaust memoirist to one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers culminates in this publication of The Complete Works of Primo Levi. This magisterial collection finally gathers all of Levi’s fourteen books―memoirs, essays, poetry, and fiction―into three slip-cased volumes. Thirteen of the books feature new translations, and the other is newly revised by the original translator. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison introduces Levi’s writing as a “triumph of human identity and worth over the pathology of human destruction.” The appearance of this historic publication will occasion a major reappraisal of “one of the most valuable writers of our time” (Alfred Kazin).

The Complete Works of Primo Levi features all new translations of: The Periodic Table, The Drowned and the Saved, The Truce, Natural Histories, Flaw of Form, The Wrench, Lilith, Other People’s Trades, and If Not Now, When?―as well as all of Levi’s poems, essays, and other nonfiction work, some of which have never appeared before in English.

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"Levi’s best writing was about his life, about questions of freedom and survival…. [A] remarkable achievement."
Tim Parks, New York Review of Books

"Expertly edited by Ann Goldstein…. These three handsome volumes bring into focus the breadth and coherence of his genius, and make unexpectedly clear how deeply his work as a chemist shaped his unsettling work as a moralist and his unique vision of psychology and history…. The 3,000 pages of his Complete Works seem tragically few."
Edward Mendelson, New York Times Book Review

"Represents a monumental and noble endeavor on the part of its publisher, its general editor, Ann Goldstein, and the many translators who have produced new versions of Levi’s work. Although his best-known work has already benefited from fine English translation, it’s a gift to have nearly all his writing gathered together, along with work that has not before been published in English."
James Woods, The New Yorker

"Old school publishing on a grand scale. Once more, Robert Weil of W.W. Norton, now director of its Liveright imprint, has produced a magnificent edition of an important, if slightly neglected, author…. For such a gift as The Complete Works of Primo Levi, one should probably do little more than express thanks…. Whether as witness or imaginative artist, Levi stands high among the truly essential European writers of the past century."
Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Levi, a scientist and deep humanist, vividly comes alive in this boxed set. A laudable, monumental effort to gather the work of a crucial writer of the 20th century in one voluminous package."
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"It is, by any measure, a monumental effort…. [Ann Goldstein] has succeeded. What he hear throughout is Primo Levi’s voice: wry, honest, exact, compassionate in its recognition of human frailty, and imbued with (as he once wrote of Charles Darwin) ‘the sober joy of a man who extracts order from chaos’…. Goldstein and her collaborators have performed an amazing service by allowing us to see him, as it were, complete."
James Marcus, Harper''s Magazine

"Wonderful…. You cannot forget [Levi]. He writes clearly, cogently, concretely, compactly. His is a scientist''s eye, and he often said (with his trademark dry humor) that the main model for his writing was the lab report. Yet in the best contemporary sense, he''s also stylish, laboratory-scrupulous in sentence, description, and word choice, always with a sense of the lively mind behind the words…. Levi is among the prime writers to emerge after World War II. This treasure trove will cement his reputation."
John Timpane, Philadelphia Inquirer

"A major and most welcome cultural event. It will astonish most of Levi’s English-speaking readers by revealing the richness and extent of his oeuvre…. Levi discharged this duty triumphantly in works of unequaled intellectual rigor, compassion, and modesty."
Louis Begley, American Scholar

"A binge reader of The Complete Works of Primo Levi will encounter science fiction, natural histories, and accounts of young love. Levi not only plunders chemical terminology for metaphors describing human affairs (his memoir The Periodic Table is a brilliant example) but also holds up precise, restrained scientific analysis as a model for prose…. As heir to the Italian Renaissance [Levi asks]: What is it to be human? …Amid the bluster and bilge of the violent moment, we need that kind of voice more than ever."
Steven G. Kellman, Chronicle of Higher Education

"A remarkable three-volume set of memoirs, novels, short stories, essays, commentary, book reviews, and poetry, the Complete Works now enables us to appreciate the tangle of forms and identities that defined Levi as a writer: memorialist and fantasist, scientist and sensationalist, puritan and jester, poet and political commentator...It gives us a far more eclectic and interesting writer, one who ranged across a vast intellectual terrain that included astronomy, history, linguistics, classical literature, art, current affairs, memory, and religion."
Gavin Jacobson, The New Republic

"There are many reasons to be grateful for the publication of The Complete Works of Primo Levi in a freshly translated, scrupulously edited and beautifully presented edition, starting with the fact that it brings English readers the correct titles of his books…. The complete works of this unfinished and unfinishable man will, for many generations, help to make us human."
Sam Magavern, Buffalo News

"With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century titan, this slightly built, dutiful, unassuming chemist set out systematically to remember the German hell on earth, steadfastly to think it through, and then to render it comprehensible in lucid, unpretentious prose."
Philip Roth

" The Complete Works of Primo Levi is an act that transfigures publishing into conscience at its most sublime."
Cynthia Ozick

"The triumph of human identity and worth over the pathology of human destruction glows virtually everywhere in Levi’s writing…Time and time again we are moved by his narratives of how men refuse erasure."
Toni Morrison, from the introduction

"His life was a testament to the virtues of getting the past into proportion."
Clive James

"Primo Levi''s poise was one of the greatest achievements in the history of the human spirit. His writing restored the honor of humanism after Auschwitz. This was a man."
Leon Wieseltier

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, the editor of The Complete Works of Primo Levi and the award-winning translator of Elena Ferrante’s novels, is a former editor at The New Yorker.

Toni Morrison is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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David KeymerTop Contributor: Rock Music
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A MAJOR WRITER ON THE HOLOCAUST AND OUR POET OF WORK
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
You may get a hernia carrying this massive three-volume collection to your study, but it is well worth the risk. Levi (1920-1987) was one of the most important and compelling writers on the Holocaust but he was also our prose poet of work, unveiling in fictional writings... See more
You may get a hernia carrying this massive three-volume collection to your study, but it is well worth the risk. Levi (1920-1987) was one of the most important and compelling writers on the Holocaust but he was also our prose poet of work, unveiling in fictional writings that are thinly veiled autobiography for the most part how work –meaningful work—involves and expands us, giving structure, meaning and joy to our lives. No emoter Levi, if anything under-, not over-wrote, his words gaining weight from their sheer solidity. Here are his memoirs, his stories, his poems and essays, many if not most in new translations. An added blessing, in a collection of this scope –2963 pp. in total—is that the type face is large and clear. This is both an important collection and a singularly attractive one.

Vol. I
Introduction by Toni Morrison
If This Is a Man, trans. Stuart Woolf
The Truce, trans. Ann Goldstein
Natural Histories, trans. Jenny McPhee
Flaw of Form, trans. Jenny McPhee

Vol. II
The Periodic Table, trans. Ann Goldstein
The Wrench, trans. Nathaniel Rich
Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1949-1980, trans. Alessandria Bastagli and Francesco Bastagli
Lilith and Other Stories, trans. Ann Goldstein
If Not Now, When?, trans. Anthony Shugaar

Vol. III
Collected Poems, trans. Jonathan Galassi
Other People’s Trades, trans. Anthony Shugaar
Stories and Essays, trans. Anne Milano Appel
The Drowned and the Saved, trans. Michael F. Moore
Uncollected Stories and Essays, 1981-1987, trans. Alessandria Bastagli and Francesco Bastagli
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Thomas M. Carpenter
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Great compilation of Levi''s writing
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
This set, beautifully boxed, provides a great single source for Primo Levi''s work. It permits easy access to his camp experiences if there is a desire to read them in order. Or, to look at other works to see how the camp experiences may have impacted them. The best part was... See more
This set, beautifully boxed, provides a great single source for Primo Levi''s work. It permits easy access to his camp experiences if there is a desire to read them in order. Or, to look at other works to see how the camp experiences may have impacted them. The best part was learning about different works of Mr. Levi that I did not know about. I have accumulated a fairly involved library on the history of the Holocaust. This edition is a wonderful addition to that library.
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Brilliant, poetic and prosaic at the same time
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2016
Brilliant, poetic and prosaic at the same time. Perhaps the greatest and most important of all memoirs of these years and that place, at least from a certain point of view that values the communication of the inner life of the person in that obviously unimaginable... See more
Brilliant, poetic and prosaic at the same time. Perhaps the greatest and most important of all memoirs of these years and that place, at least from a certain point of view that values the communication of the inner life of the person in that obviously unimaginable circumstance. In this complete edition, to read the poems - which I''d never seen before - is revelatory. And new translations freshen and enliven this profoundly important series of writings. I don''t know how you could overestimate the importance of Primo Levi''s work. A milestone of its century.
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Priscilla Alexander
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A great, now stilled voice
Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020
As far as I am concerned, Primo Levi is the greatest of the tellers of experiencing the Shoa and its aftermath. I had read his main books, chronicling his experiences in Auschwitz and his tortured voyage home after the camps were liberated, and some of his later work, but... See more
As far as I am concerned, Primo Levi is the greatest of the tellers of experiencing the Shoa and its aftermath. I had read his main books, chronicling his experiences in Auschwitz and his tortured voyage home after the camps were liberated, and some of his later work, but I had never seen his wonderful poetry. The collection of all of his writing allows the possibility of returning again and again to what I, or you, already know and discovering more. He is such a wonderful writer.
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A great edition, pulling together some rare works.
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2017
I''ve read most of this great author''s work in editions published in the UK - where I live. Rereading them in this edition, I could not comment on the different nuances of the translations. These are brilliant books and I''d have to be Primo Levi himself to find adequate... See more
I''ve read most of this great author''s work in editions published in the UK - where I live. Rereading them in this edition, I could not comment on the different nuances of the translations. These are brilliant books and I''d have to be Primo Levi himself to find adequate words to describe them. What I am able to comment on is the production quality of this item. These books are very well bound, with contiguous dust jackets and a matching slipcase. The paper quality is good and the typeface is easy on the eye. I expect to take some time to get through the books, but I''m very pleased with them so far.
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Mary Pat O'Kelly
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That this is a highly literate book about one of the world''s worst catastrophes.
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2018
Primo Levi is interesting both as a writer and as a man. I am very glad to have his complete works. I think any one who reads the first piece, If This Is A Man (Se quest'' e un uomo) would want to read everything he wrote.
MAry Pat O''Kelly
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Jean Sasson
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Unique man blessed with great writing skills
Reviewed in the United States on February 2, 2016
A great man. A great writer. Recommend this books to anyone interested in one of the most horrifying times in human history -- the Nazi rule that destroyed so many lives, but Primo Levi was one of the lucky ones to survive and to record his memories of that terrible time.... See more
A great man. A great writer. Recommend this books to anyone interested in one of the most horrifying times in human history -- the Nazi rule that destroyed so many lives, but Primo Levi was one of the lucky ones to survive and to record his memories of that terrible time. I find him to be such a truthful writer -- he sticks with only what he knows and is careful to never give an opinion on anything he did not personally experience. What a man! What a writer!
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Eric H. Edwards
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A Good Thing
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2015
Just what Levi readers were waiting for. The reviews by professional critics have been laudatory, so that''s useful, but for someone just discovering Levi''s life and work, this is invaluable, and you won''t be buying the same book that happened to be translated... See more
Just what Levi readers were waiting for. The reviews by professional critics
have been laudatory, so that''s useful, but for someone just discovering
Levi''s life and work, this is invaluable, and you won''t be buying the same book
that happened to be translated with another title, it''s all here....
And if it''s helpful in any way, I find Levi a fascinating writer, enjoyable,
while speaking to us of one of the worst modern horrors. Whether or not
he committed suicide (big controversy) he survived the death camps of WWII,
wrote about it and beyond it, and now his work survives his body. Wonderful.
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krystalshay
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A fantastic investment if you have any interest in how the ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 19, 2015
I purchased this on Amazon.com, which was significantly (35 pounds) cheaper than the UK, even including shipping fees! Almost 3000 pages of Primo Levi''s works, including essays, short stories, poems and prefaces he wrote for other works. A fantastic investment if you have...See more
I purchased this on Amazon.com, which was significantly (35 pounds) cheaper than the UK, even including shipping fees! Almost 3000 pages of Primo Levi''s works, including essays, short stories, poems and prefaces he wrote for other works. A fantastic investment if you have any interest in how the Holocaust has been remembered over the years. Levi was a tremendous writer, and I have enjoyed many of the more sci-fi themed short stories as well as his longer more famous writings. If (like me) you have spent many hours trawling secondhand book shops in order to find writings by Levi that are no longer available in English, this is a fantastic purchase. The three hardback books are collected together in a slipcase, and the paper is of high quality.
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D. F. Cowell
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Prompt delivery and excellent value
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 3, 2020
Complete works of Primo Levi in a box set of three high-quality hardbacks, good translations. Excellent value at £33.20. Advertised as used, but quite clearly new - someone probably dropped the box, causing a very small dent in it and the cover of the first volume....See more
Complete works of Primo Levi in a box set of three high-quality hardbacks, good translations. Excellent value at £33.20. Advertised as used, but quite clearly new - someone probably dropped the box, causing a very small dent in it and the cover of the first volume. Delivered three days after placing the order. This was an impulsive purchase after my book club chose "The Periodic Table"
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Meredith Brothers
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Highly recommended.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2019
This will keep me busy for some time. The new translations are an improvement apparently, but the Americanisms are a little distracting (eg ‘gotten’). There are some interesting items that have been included which appeal, and show a little more of Primo Levi’s literary...See more
This will keep me busy for some time. The new translations are an improvement apparently, but the Americanisms are a little distracting (eg ‘gotten’). There are some interesting items that have been included which appeal, and show a little more of Primo Levi’s literary talent. He deserves to be discussed alongside Virgil, Dante and Petrarch.
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H. E. Knobil
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For the first time, all of the writings of ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 1, 2015
For the first time, all of the writings of Primo Levi are available in the English language. I do not believe anyone captures the nightmare of the Holocaust in quite the same way as Primo Levi and in addition one has the pleasure of making oneself familiar with his poetry...See more
For the first time, all of the writings of Primo Levi are available in the English language. I do not believe anyone captures the nightmare of the Holocaust in quite the same way as Primo Levi and in addition one has the pleasure of making oneself familiar with his poetry and essays. A real treat.
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Recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2019
Excellent product! Absolute bargain at 40 quid including delivery. Very fast delivery. Well pleased with it.
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