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The Resource Primo Levi and the politics of survival, Frederic D. Homer

Primo Levi and the politics of survival, Frederic D. Homer

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Primo Levi and the politics of survival
Title
Primo Levi and the politics of survival
Statement of responsibility
Frederic D. Homer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
At the age of twenty-five, Primo Levi was sent to Hell. Levi, an Italian chemist from Turin, was one of many swept up in the Holocaust of World War II and sent to die in the German concentration camp in Auschwitz. Of the 650 people transported to the camp in his group, only 15 men and 9 women survived. After Soviet liberation of the camp in 1945, Levi wrote books, essays, short stories, poetry, and a novel, in which he painstakingly described the horrors of his experience at Auschwitz. He also spent the rest of his life struggling with the fact that he was not among those who were killed. In Primo Levi and the Politics of Survival, Frederic D. Homer looks at Primo Levi's life but, more important, shows him to be a significant political philosopher. In the course of his writings, Levi asked and answered his most haunting question: can someone be brutalized by a terrifying experience and, upon return to "ordinary life," recover from the physical and moral destruction he has suffered? Levi used this question to develop a philosophy positing that although man is no match for life, he can become better prepared to contend with the tragedies in life. According to Levi, the horrors of the world occur because of the strength of human tendencies, which make relationships between human beings exceedingly fragile. He believed that we are ill-constituted beings who have tendencies toward violence and domination, dividing ourselves into Us and Them, with very shallow loyalties. He also maintained that our only refuge is in education and responsibility, which may counter these tendencies. Homer calls Levi's philosophy "optimistic pessimism." As Homer demonstrates, Levi took his past experiences into account to determine that goodwill and democratic institutions do not come easily to people. Liberal society is to be earned through discipline and responsibility toward our weaknesses. Levi's answer is "civilized liberalism." To achieve this we must counter some of our most stubborn tendencies. Homer also explores the impact of Levi's death, an apparent suicide, on the way in which his work and theories have been perceived. While several critics discount Levi's work because of the nature of his death, Homer argues that his death is consistent with his philosophy. A book rich in brutally honest philosophy, Primo Levi and the Politics of Survival compels one to look at serious questions about life, tragedy, optimism, solidarity, violence, and human nature
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digitized
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
N$T
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Homer, Frederic D
Dewey number
  • 853/.914
  • B
Index
index present
Language note
English
LC call number
PQ4872.E8
LC item number
Z69 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Levi, Primo
  • Levi, Primo
  • Politics and culture
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Authors, Italian
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Jews
  • Levi, Primo
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Authors, Italian
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Jews
  • Philosophy
  • Political and social views
  • Politics and culture
  • Italy
  • Politieke filosofie
Label
Primo Levi and the politics of survival, Frederic D. Homer
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-271) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Force Majeure -- Hobbesian Hell -- Ill-Constituted Beings -- Violence -- The Tragic Sense of Life -- Useful Qualities of Human Nature -- Choices -- Purpose and Work -- Optimistic Pessimism -- Civilized Liberalism -- A Defense of Modernism -- Levi's Death
Control code
56424995
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vii, 277 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826213389
Lccn
2001027168
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)56424995
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Primo Levi and the politics of survival, Frederic D. Homer
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-271) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Force Majeure -- Hobbesian Hell -- Ill-Constituted Beings -- Violence -- The Tragic Sense of Life -- Useful Qualities of Human Nature -- Choices -- Purpose and Work -- Optimistic Pessimism -- Civilized Liberalism -- A Defense of Modernism -- Levi's Death
Control code
56424995
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vii, 277 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826213389
Lccn
2001027168
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)56424995
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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