With the moral stamina and intellectual pose of a twentieth-century Titan, this slightly built, duitful, 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. He was profoundly in touch with the minutest workings of the most endearing human events and with the most contempible. What has survived in Levi's writing isn't just his memory of the unbearable, but also, in THE PERIODIC TABLE and THE WRENCH, his delight in what made the world exquisite to him. He was himself a "magically endearing man, the most delicately forceful enchanter I've ever known" - PHILIP ROTH
This edition comprises the two biographies published by Levi - If this is a Man & the Truce
Translated from the Original Italian by Stuart Woolf, afterword by Levi answering some of teh questions he received during his lifetime about the book, and another afterword by Paul Bailey. Preface by Howard Jacobson.
A stunning book. I first read this as a teenager and it left a lasting impression on me as a reader, it will do the same to you.