The periodic table

by Levi, Primo
, Sistema periodico. Published by : David Campbell, (London :) Physical details: xxv,241p. ; 21cm. ISBN:1857152182 :. Year: 1995
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Books Books British Council Library
853.914 (Browse shelf) Available

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An extraordinary kind of autobiography in which each of the 21 chapters takes its title and its starting-point from one of the elements in the periodic table. Mingling fact and fiction, science and personal record, history and anecdote, Levi uses his training as an industrial chemist and the terrible years he spent as a prisoner in Auschwitz to illuminate the human condition. Yet this exquisitely lucid text is also humourous and even witty in a way possible only to one who has looked into the abyss.

Repr. with new preliminaries. - This translation originally published: London : Michael Joseph, 1985.

Translation of: Il sistema periodico.

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Publishers Weekly Review

This curious memoir by an Italian Jew who came of age under Mussolini is organized by the periodic table of the elementschapter titles range from Argon to Zinc. Levi portrays himself as a young, aspiring chemist eager to fathom nature's secrets. The sections describing his ordeal in a detention camp, awaiting deportation to Auschwitz, are the most vivid. PW called this an ``odd, haunting book.'' (March) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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