Search Results: "Primo Levi"


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OTHER PEOPLE'S TRADES by Primo Levi
Released: May 1, 1989

In this posthumous collection of essays selected by the author (d. 1988) from pieces originally appearing in the Turin newspaper La Stampa, Levi treats subjects as diverse as writing, fear, insects, word processors, exams, and chess. Read full book review >

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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF PRIMO LEVI by Primo Levi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2015

"A laudable, monumental effort to gather the work of a crucial writer of the 20th century in one voluminous package."
A publishing production years in the making rounds up all of the remarkably diverse works of a writer known up to now, in English, at least, principally as a writer of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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Released: April 11, 2007

"The infinite and the ineffable, portrayed with singular wit and charm."
Universal mysteries and the legacy of world war are imaginatively transfigured in this beguiling collection of the late (1919-87) Italian polymath's short fiction. Read full book review >

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BLACK DOG by Levi Pinfold
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A great pick for storytime, bedtime, anytime. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pinfold's story has a timeless quality despite its entirely original flair, with sumptuous paintings and thumbnail embellishments adding narrative and descriptive content. Read full book review >

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GREENLING by Levi Pinfold
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Chilling and thought-provoking, this picture book for older readers invites discussion. (Picture book. 9 & up)"
When a green baby creature appears on their remote Australian farm, the Barleycorns take it in, nurture it, and become part of its natural world—at least for a season. Read full book review >

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TENNYSON by Peter Levi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Levi's tact, good sense, respectful insight, and talent for the telling detail would have won even the heart of Tennyson himself, whose special aversion was biographies."
Acknowledging his debt to Robert Bernard Martin's Tennyson (1980), Levi (formerly, Poetry/Oxford Univ.; The Frontiers of Paradise, 1988, etc.) dispels the biographical fog emitted by Tennyson descendants, apologists, and idolaters, and—in a relatively brief but penetrating analysis—reveals the man behind the icon, the poet laureate whose odd appearance and eccentric behavior distanced him from the intimacies his fame encouraged. Read full book review >

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A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Promising but flawed."
A debut novel from the American co-founder of Granta that, appropriating its title from the work by the great Talmudic scholar Maimonides, provides an ingenious if metaphorical twist to the events of 1492. Read full book review >

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SEPTIMANIA by Jonathan Levi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2016

"A thoroughly intellectual postmodern fable, wise yet melancholy, meant to be read slowly and savored."
In Levi's (A Guide to the Perplexed, 1992) long-awaited second novel, a failed Ph.D. candidate, expelled from Cambridge's Trinity College, learns he's king of Septimania, the land given to the Jews of eighth-century France by Charlemagne.Read full book review >

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VIRGIL by Peter Levi
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 8, 1999

"The biography label may be ill-fitting, but Levi's textual explications are the next best thing to his course at Oxford."
More encomium than biography, Levi's work traces the great Roman poet's inspirations and influences backward and forward through time, via close readings of classical and modern texts. Read full book review >

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LOUIS XIV by Anthony Levi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"General readers may prefer to dip into the pages of Laclos or Hugo for a taste of the time. Levi's take is mainly for specialists."
A slow-moving, thorough life of the French monarch by a noted literary historian. Read full book review >