The Periodic Table: Popular Penguins

The Periodic Table: Popular Penguins

by Primo Levi

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 28/06/2010

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In these haunting reflections, Primo Levi, a chemist by training takes the elements of the periodic table as his inspiration. He ranges from young love to political savagery; 'Iron' honours the mountain-climbing resistance hero who put iron in Levi's student soul, while 'Cerium' recalls the improvised cigarette lighters which saved his life in Auschwitz.
ISBN:
9780141399447
9780141399447
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
28-06-2010
Publisher:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
194
Dimensions (mm):
181x112x13mm
Weight:
0.14kg
Primo Levi

In 1919, Primo Levi was born into a Jewish family in Turin, Italy, in 1919. Despite the anti-Semitic laws introduced to Italy by Mussolini's government, he was able to complete his degree in Chemistry at Turin University in 1941.

When the Germans invaded northern Italy in 1943, Levi escaped to the mountains to join a group of anti-fascist partisans but was soon captured and eventually deported to Auschwitz.

He was liberated in January 1945. After the war he resumed his career as a chemist, retiring only in 1975. His graphic account of his time in Auschwitz, If This is a Man, was published in 1947.

Levi went on to write many other books, including The Wrench, If Not Now, When? and The Periodic Table, emerging not only as one of the most profound and haunting commentators on the Holocaust, but as a great writer on many twentieth-century themes, especially science. Primo Levi committed suicide on 11 April 1987.

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