Primo Levi’s Politics

Giustizia e Libertà, the Partito d’Azione and “Jewish” Anti-Fascism
  • Stanislao Pugliese
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


More than twenty years ago, the Italian chemist, writer, and Holocaust survivor Primo Levi fell to his death from the stairwell of his apartment building in Turin. Within hours, a debate exploded as to whether his death was an accident or a suicide and, if the latter, how this might force us to reinterpret his legacy as a writer and “survivor.” Elie Wiesel, Cynthia Ozick, Philip Roth, Diego Gambetta, and Susan Sontag, among many others, weighed in with thoughtful and sometimes provocative commentaries, but the debate over his death has sometimes overshadowed the larger significance of his place as a thinker “after Auschwitz.”


Italian Chemist Holocaust Survivor Negative Dialectic Jewish Writer Holocaust Denier 
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