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The Reawakening Paperback – December 1, 1995
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Original Language: Italian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I found myself thinking of two other books while reading Reawakening--Kosinski's The Painted Bird and Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel. Like Kosinski, Levi reminds us that much of rural eastern Europe was cruel and primitive before the Nazi's made a virtue of these qualities. And, like Wolfe's Gant family, the characters in Levi's account are often exuberant to the point of mania.
I think that Levi is one of the great writers and thinkers of our time. In this way, I'm not a reliable critic. Reviewing The Reawakening is akin to reviewing Hamlet for me.
In the rest of the book, we accompany Levi and his companions on a picaresque through postwar Europe and Russia as they try to make their way back to their native Italy. While their sufferings are legion, Levi takes great pleasure in food, in his fellow man, and in nature. In particular, he displays a fine appreciation for the absurdities visited on the refugees by their well-intentioned but inept Russian rescuers.
This book is an entertaining read. Beyond that, it is an important document of the Holocaust. And beyond that, it is an important resource for modern readers who are finding their own way through an often absurd world. Highly recommended.
Levi assumes the calm, sober language of the witness, with no manifested hate and purpose of revenge, devoid of bitterness. His prose is precise, clear, with no embellishment, lively transmitting his bewilderment of the simple fact that he had survived.
The reader cannot help be amazed by the details recorded in Levi's memory, places, names, characters, personalities, it is as though he wrote everything in locus. His memory was a blessing... but might have also been his tormenter... After a long period of depression, Levi died after falling from a stairwell in his Turin home. The question will always remain whether it was or not suicide. Levi, through his writings, symbolizes the triumph of reasoning and humanity over madness and cruelty.
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This is a great book, a true classic. This print edition ISBN 0020223706 First Collier Books Edition 1987 is a frustrating edition. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sandra Gavin
As all his books, Primo Levi's "The Reawakening" is superb, it is the third book in a moving superbly written, moving, and felt trilogy.Published 12 months ago by Monique Adam
Required though of post-WWII war on the Russian and European front. Worth reading by any student of modern history. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Robert Langham
I've read and reread all of Levi's books, fiction, essays and memoirs and The Reawakening is by far my favorite. Read morePublished 23 months ago by lily t.
A very profound, insightful read, a terrific companion to Survival in Auchwitz. Vert glad I decided to purchase it. Came in great condition without unduly long wait.Published on February 7, 2013 by Kathleen
Product came as advertised, but it took longer to ship than I was expecting. I still received the book in time though, and it came as advertised.Published on April 25, 2010 by Gerta Jones