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Italian Jewish writer Primo Levi, first published in 1947. Primo Levi was born in 1919 in Turin. He studied chemistry at the University of Turin, graduating cum laude in 1941, notwithstanding the restrictions imposed by Mussolini’se questo è un uomo PDF racial laws.


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In 1942 he found a position with a Swiss drug company in Milan. In October 1944 the prisoners anticipate a ‘selection’: the Germans will send a proportion of the prisoners to the gas chambers to make room for new arrivals. When it comes, the process is so perfunctory that it is almost a matter of chance who is chosen. Levi and two other prisoners are chosen to work in the laboratory.

Its cleanliness and warmth contrasts with the rest of the bomb-ravaged and snow-covered camp. The presence of three healthy women makes the prisoners self-conscious about their own physical deterioration. In The Last One Levi describes the audacious schemes he and Alberto devise to acquire goods to exchange for bread. At the end of the day the prisoners are assembled to witness the hanging of a man who has taken part in an uprising. At the moment of death he cries out “Comrades, I am the last! The prisoners look on passively, robbed by now of any autonomy. Written in the form of a diary The Story of Ten Days is the work’s epilogue.

Suffering with scarlet fever, Levi is admitted to the camp hospital. By now the arrival of the Red Army is imminent and the Germans decide to abandon the camp. Only the healthy prisoners are evacuated. The forced march of the departing prisoners will take almost all of them, including Alberto, to their deaths.

Levi began to write in February 1946, with a draft of what would become the final chapter recording his most recent memories of Auschwitz. According to Ian Thomson, Levi worked over the next ten months with concentrated energy and extreme facility. Levi told him that the words poured out of him ‘like a flood which has been dammed and suddenly rushes forth’. In January 1947, the manuscript was rejected by Einaudi. The writers Cesare Pavese and Natalia Ginzburg thought it too early after the war for such an account.