The Search for Roots

The Search for Roots

A Personal Anthology

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of works that were important to Primo Levi, in the order he read them, by such authors as Jonathan Swift, Joseph Conrad, Marco Polo, and Arthur C. Clarke.

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“It is not my job to explain why...the reader who wishes can enter the passage and cast an eye on the ecosystem that lodges unsuspected in my depths, saprophytes, birds of day and night, creepers, butterflies, crickets, and fungi.” Primo Levi emerged not only as one of the most profound and haunting commentators on the Holocaust but also as a great writer on many twentieth-century themes. Here is an anthology of writings that he considered to be essential reading. As Peter Forbes says in his Introduction, “In the context of the twenty-first century, all of Levi’s choices are striking”; they exhibit “a kind of chastened curiosity rare in our time, and an undiminished sense of wonder and horror at a universe that has such things in it.” Most of the pieces, as Levi comments, reflect the fundamental dichotomies that face us all. Many have their roots in Levi’s experience of Auschwitz, and in their startling juxtaposition they give the impression of a world turned upside down. “One of the most important Italian writers.”—Umberto Eco.

Book News
Best known for his accounts of captivity during the Nazi era, Jewish-Italian chemist Levi (1919-86) is here represented with a compilation of 30 extracts from prose and poetry ranging from the Bible and Homer to an article on black holes from Scientific American . Forbes also studied as a chemist before turning to writing. La ricerca delle radici was published by Guilio Einaudi Editore in 1981. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The Search for Roots is an anthology of writings that Primo Levi considered to be essential reading. Beginning with the Book of Job, that drama of the just oppressed by injustice, these thirty pieces, with introductions by Levi, reflect his profound knowledge of science and deep passion for literature, and his survival of Auschwitz, making it a collection that is both universal and poignantly autobiographical. The book demonstrates the breadth of Levi's interests and sympathies, from miniature science-fiction narratives to poetry and technical papers. The title suggests a rather strenuous endeavor, but everything here is marked by a quiet authority.

Natl Book Network
The Search for Roots is an anthology of writings that Primo Levi considered to be essential reading. Beginning with the Book of Job, that drama of the just oppressed by injustive, these thrity pieces, with introductions by Levi, reflect his profound knowledge of science and deep passion for literature, and his survival of Auschwitz, making it a collection that is both universal and poignantly autobiographical.

Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2002
ISBN: 9781566634458
1566634458
Branch Call Number: 808.8 SEA
Characteristics: xiv, 233 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Levi, Primo
Forbes, Peter 1947-

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