Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Primo Levi and Humanism after Auschwitz: Posthumanist Reflections (Italian and Italian American Studies) Hardcover – June 9, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1403984333 ISBN-10: 1403984336 Edition: 0th
Buy used
Buy new
Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
43 used & new from $35.93
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now
$105.00 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews


“Druker’s ‘contrarian’ reading of Primo Levi in a posthumanist light, through the lens of Adorno, Foucault, Levinas and others, is both bracing and necessary. By eschewing hagiography and reading Levi against himself, Druker probes the symptoms of what he calls the ‘acute blindness’ of a certain humanism, a humanism which played no small part in the origins and execution of the Holocaust itself. Levi’s work is strong enough and important enough to be confronted in this way; indeed, it is far too important not to be so.”--Robert S. C. Gordon, Cambridge University and author of Primo Levi’s Ordinary Virtues


“Elegantly organized and written with clarity, Druker’s study offers a new understanding of Primo Levi for the twenty-first century. Without slighting Levi’s crucial achievements as a memoirist of the Nazi camps, Druker breaks decisively with previous hagiographical accounts to reveal the conflicts and contradictions that arise from Levi’s desire to hold on to a humanist vision in the wake of the Holocaust. Primo Levi and Humanism after Auschwitz effectively combines close attention to Levi’s key works of testimony and reflection with philosophical critique and speculation inspired by such posthumanist thinkers as Adorno, Foucault, Levinas, and Lyotard. Putting the author of Survival in Auschwitz and The Drowned and the Saved into long-overdue, systematic dialogue with post-Enlightenment thought, Druker’s book is an exemplary work of literary criticism and a must-read for all who want to understand how the Holocaust continues to pose challenges to the fundamental tenets of modern life.”--Michael Rothberg, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and author of Multidirectional Memory: Remembering the Holocaust in the Age of Decolonization

About the Author

Jonathan Druker is Associate Professor of Italian at Illinois State University. He has written several articles on Primo Levi and has contributed three essays to Modern Language Association publications on how to teach Levi’s texts. 


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Share your thoughts with other customers

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Primo Levi and Humanism after Auschwitz: Posthumanist Reflections (Italian and Italian American Studies)
This item: Primo Levi and Humanism after Auschwitz: Posthumanist Reflections (Italian and Italian American Studies)
Price: $105.00
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com