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Lilit e Altri Racconti (Italian Edition) (Italian) Paperback – December 31, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Einaudi (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: Italian
  • ISBN-10: 8806528866
  • ISBN-13: 978-8806528867
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,921,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Am not much of a fan of the English-language stuff--movies, books, whatever--spawned by the Holocaust. Don't much even like writing that word with a capital h. The work of two recent Jewish Nobel Prizewinners--Bellow, Singer--seems wildly overrated to me. And I don't care much for P. Roth, Malamud, and several other Jewish writers with huge reputations in the States. Finally, just about everything the state of Israel does annoys me to no end, and when I see Israeli bulldozers uprooting ancient olive trees to make room for a so-called security fence, I find myself tempted to don an explosive belt and join the Intifada. Or, at the very least, chuck a few rocks at Israeli soldiers.

So, without ever having read any of it, I naturally viewed Levi's work with distrust for a long time. But "Lilít" is a wonderful collection. True, moving, and generous. Why my preconceived notions about Levi's work should be "natural" is part of what he examines here and in other works, though he rarely does so explicitly. In any case, I was ashamed of my earlier dismissal, ignorant and prejudiced, of his work.

The collection is also great for the beginning Italian student. The language is simple and clear and the stories short. Somewhere or other, Levi compares somebody's prose to one of those Piedmontese streams where the water is so clear you can see through it to the bed of multicolored pebbles. He was writing about somebody else, but also, I suspect, about himself.
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