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The periodic table

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The Periodic Table is largely a memoir of the years before and after Primo Levi's transportation from his native Italy to Auschwitz as an anti-Facist partisan and a Jew.


It recounts, in clear, precise, unfailingly beautiful prose, the story of the Piedmontese Jewish community from which Levi came, of his years as a student and young chemist at the inception of the Second World War, and of his investigations into the nature of the material world. As such, it provides crucial links and backgrounds, both personal and intellectual, in the tremendous project of remembrance that is Levi's gift to posterity. But far from being a prologue to his experience of the Holocaust, Levi's masterpiece represents his most impassioned response to the events that engulfed him.


The Periodic Table celebrates the pleasures of love and friendship and the search for meaning, and stands as a monument to those things in us that are capable of resisting and enduring in the face of tyranny.

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Full title periodic table
Author levi primo
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The Periodic Table by Primo Levi is an impassioned response to the Holocaust: consisting of twenty one short stories, each possessing the name of a chemical element, the collection tells of the author's experiences as a Jewish-Italian chemist before, during and after Auschwitz in luminous, clear, and unfailingly beautiful prose. It has been named the best science book ever by the Royal Institution of Great Britain and is considered to be Levi's crowning achievement.

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subject_facet Chemical elements, Periodic table
title_display The periodic table
title_full The Periodic Table, The periodic table / Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal ; with an introduction by Neal Ascherson, The periodic table / Primo Levi ; translated from the Italian by Raymond Rosenthal
title_short The periodic table
topic_facet Chemical elements, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Short Stories