Bibliografia annotata, curata da Nicholas Patruno, Bryn Mawr College

Primo Levi nel contesto della tradizione ebraica italiana, dell'Italia fascista e della shoah

 

Biasin, Gian Paolo. "Till My Ghastly Tale Is Told: Levi's Moral Discourse from Se questo č un uomo to I sommersi e i salvati. " In Reason and Light. Essays on Primo Levi. Ed. Susan Tarrow. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.


Camon, Ferdinando. "Conversations with Primo Levi. Trans. John Shepley. Marlboro, Vt.: Marlboro Press, 1989. (Original title: Autoritratto di Primo Levi. Padova: Edizioni Nord-Est, 1987.) One of Levi's last and most penetrating interviews before his death. The English version contains an essay in which Camon questions whether Primo Levi's death resulted from suicide.


Cannon, Joann. "Canon-Formation and Reception in Contemporary Italy: The Case of Primo Levi." Italica 69.2 (Spring 1992): 30-44. This study looks at the emergence of Primo Levi as a writer and the various uses to which his texts may be put.


Epstein, Adam. "Primo Levi and the Language of Atrocity." Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies 20 (1987):31-38.


Feig, Kormillyn G. Hitter's Death Camps. The Sanity of Madness. New York & London: Holmes and Meier, 1979. Of particular interest are the pages that focus on Auschwitz, 333-69.


Frassica, Pietro, ed. Primo Levi as Witness: Proceedings of a Symposium held at Princeton University. Fiesole: Casalini, 1990. Contains essays by G. P. Biasin, C. Cases, G. Einaudi, F. Ferrucci, L. Fontanella, C. Segre, A. Stille, G. Tesio, and G. Lagorio.


Gilman, Sander L. "To Quote Primo Levi: 'Redest keyn jiddisch, bist nit kejn jid' ['If you don't speak Yiddish, you're not a Jew']" Prooftexts, a Journal of Jewish Literary History 9.2 (1989): 139-60. This study centers on the artistic values Levi attributes to the Italian, Yiddish, and Hebrew languages.


Gunzburg, Lynn M. "Down Among the Dead Men: Levi and Dante in Hell." Modern Language Studies 16.1 (1986): 10-28.


Howe, Irving. Introduction. "Primo Levi: An Appreciation." If Not Now, When? New York: Summit Books, 1985. 3-16. An instrumental document for general information on Levi, as seen from the perspective of an American writer.


Hughes, Stuart H. Prisoners of Hope. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1983. A significant study on the Jews in Italy and on the literary contributions of prominent Italian Jewish writers such as P. Levi, Italo Svevo, Alberto Moravia, Giorgio Bassani, Carlo Levi and Natalia Ginzburg.


Michaelis, Meir. Mussolini and the Jews. Oxford: Claredon Press, 1978. Useful document for a clearer understanding of the historical and political situation of the Jews in Italy during Fascism.


Mitgang, Herbert. "Authors Newly Make the Holocaust Connection." New York Times, 17 March 1990, sec. "Words and Image." The author, in a review of a book on the Holocaust, states that a Mr. Kazin calls Levi "one of the two greatest postwar writers (with Italo Calvino being the other) Italy has produced."


Motola, Gabriel. "Primo Levi. The Auschwitz Experience." Southwest Review 72 (Spring 1987): 258-69. An interesting, although brief, analysis of Survival in Auschwitz and The Reawakening.


Ozick, Cynthia. "Primo Levi's Suicide Note." Metaphor & Memory. New York: Knopf, 1989, 34-48. Of particular interest are Ms. Ozick's comments on Levi's "anger' evidenced in The Drowned and the Saved.


Patai, Raphael. The Jewish Mind. New York: Scribner's, 1977. A study of Jewish traditions and historical information on the Jews.
Roth, Cecil. The History of the Jews of Italy. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1946. An indispensable document on the Jews in Italy.


Roth, Philip. "A Man Saved by His Skills." New York Times Book Review, 12 October 1986. Possibly the most important interview with Primo Levi in English.


Sodi, Risa. "An Interview with Primo Levi." Partisan Review 54.3 (1987): 355-66. A revealing interview in which Levi tells of his writing experience


Steiner, George. "The Hollow Miracle." Language and Science. New York: Atheneum, 1967. An outstanding essay on the Holocaust's effect on language.


Styron, William. "Why Primo Levi Need Not Have Died." New York Times, 19 December 1988, sec. A: 17. An essay in which the author speculates on the reasons why Primo Levi may have commited suicide.


Tarrow, Susan, ed. Reason and Light. Essays on Primo Levi. Cornell Studies in International Affairs [Western Societies Papers 25. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990]. Essays on Primo Levi by G. P. Biasin, J. Cannon, R. Feldman, S. Gilman, L. Gunzberg, I. Klein, F. Girelli- Carasi, N. Harrowitz, and C. Segrč, and a testimony by Ruth Feldman and J. Wolsky.


Zuccotti, Susan. The Italians and the Holocaust. Persecution, Rescue, Survival. New York: Basic Books, 1987. The most extensive study, with ample data and statistics, of the events surrounding the plight of the Jews in Italy during the years of Fascism and subsequent German occupation.


Il prof. Nicholas Patruno ha curato questa bibliografia per un suo corso su "Primo Levi, The Holocaust and Its Aftermath"


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