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La tregua seguito di Se uesto è un uomo è considerato da molti il capolavoro di Levi diario del viaggio verso la libertà dopo l'internamento nel Lager nazista uesto libro più che una semplice rievocazione biografica è uno straordinario romanzo picaresco L'avventura movimentata e struggente tra le rovine dell'Europa liberata da Auschwitz attraverso la Russia la Romania l'Ungheria l'Austria fino a Torino si snoda in un itinerario tortuoso punteggiato di incontri con persone appartenenti a civiltà sconosciute e vittime della stessa guerra L'epopea di un'umanità ritrovata dopo il limite estremo dell'orrore e della miseria


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  1. says:

    This book is the seuel to the author’s famous work Survival in Auschwitz Actually it’s a trilogy with his third book Moments of Reprieve I’ve only read this one and The Periodic Table The story begins when Levi is freed from Auschwitz in Poland by the Russian Army marching west toward Germany near the end of the war He writes that the Russians did not greet them; they looked at them in shame – how could humans do this to other humans? Many of those freed were in the make shift hospital at the camp and many were so sick and weak that they died shortly after liberation And the war was still on to the west of them Google maps tells us that the trip from Auschwitz to Milan by modern roads would take about 13 hours His trip by train took 10 months But they are free and he begins the trip with a spirit of adventure Sometimes groups of former prisoners struck out on their own on foot following rumors of hot soup But mostly they lived in make shift camps for weeks or months waiting for the next train to arrive Levi is an academic and we can tell that perhaps because he is uiet and withdrawn he loves hustlers and make shift entrepreneurs like the Greek ex prisoner who told him he was a fool for having no shoes – “get shoes doesn’t matter how” Or another Italian Jew who set up an “Italian Command” by calling himself a colonel by sitting at a desk with a pencil and a rubber stamp Another aspiring businessman becomes a pimp setting up local village women on the outskirts of their uarters Levi tells us the most important thing he learned in Auschwitz was “not to be a nobody” So he passes himself off as and sometimes works as polyglot pharmacist His academic training was as a chemist Among the released prisoners are French Greeks and Italians; some are Jews like Levi some are not Some Italian non Jews were hardened criminals who were sent from Italian prisons by Mussolini to work as laborers in German prison camps Some of these guys are crazy – one constantly reenacts his trial whether anyone is listening or not; another can only speak in curses They start out wearing prison striped outfits but most people along their way don’t know what that means He learns not to tell people he’s a Jew and he learns not to ever speak German The Italians Jews and non Jews still felt in danger behind Soviet lines After all Mussolini had aligned with Hitler against Russia There were rumors the Italians were going to be sent across Siberia to the to the Japanese front Another major theme of the story is “the inscrutable Soviet bureaucracy an obscure and gigantic power not ill intentioned towards us but suspicious negligent stupid contradictory and in effect as blind as the forces of nature” That’s why the 13 hour trip took 10 months We learn a lot about the “fantastically disordered transit camps” He has chance encounters and re encounters with people who wander off on their own and reappear later in the trip Their disorganized travels took them east toward Moscow; then north; then they backtracked south then west across Romania Hungary Austria and Germany before heading south to Italy Amazingly after 10 months they end up in Slovakia only 120 miles south of Auschwitz He gives us a mapI won’t go into details of events along the way other than to say at times they starved and lived in unheated shacks; at other times they were well fed and well housed and even put on theatre performances for the Russian soldiers who escorted them The volume includes an extensive afterword in which Levi answers the ten or so most common uestions he got from audiences when he spoke about his books Why don’t you feel a desire for revenge? Did the Germans know what was happening in the camps? Did people in the camps try to escape or revolt? While the main story can only be man’s inhumanity to man; Levi focuses on what it took to become a survivor his Reawakening photo of Auschwitz from dinosworldtravelswordpresscomphoto of the author from yalebooksblogcouk


  2. says:

    After finished Levi's first memoir Survival in Auschwitz I picked up a copy of his seuel thinking I might just read through his major works The Reawakening picks off exactly where the other book leaves off as Levi sees the first Russians approach the camp on horseback and finds himself surrounded by corpses a bit hesitant to say anything The book then follows Levi's long winding confused road home within the Soviet sphere It's a very strange experience with Levi living in a series of displaced person's camps along with people from numerous nationalities speaking an assortment of languages Communication is tricky as everyone strives to find a common language or method of communication And everyone is afraid to speak German He has one conversation in Latin These camps were ragged affairs loosely run generally neglected with no real medical care and irregular food Sometimes he was just wandering without a camp without any food or shelter Midway through the book he gets on a train while sick with a crew of Italians and ends up not in Italy but on the open plains in Belarus where he would spend a summerAll this wandering makes for a somewhat directionless memoir as he captures that he has no idea where he's going next or when But what struck me is that this isn't a sad reflective book It‘s essentially a series of stories and they‘re entertaining capturing this unstructured mixture full of strikingly outlandish and memorable personalities The sense he gives is of nostalgia He will for example develop a lot of affection for the series of disorganized Russian crews in charge of these camps I'm giving it fives stars because in way it's just really out there Such a mixture of stuff and all of it off the beaten path of normal or historical life Thousands and thousands of people experienced these camps in different ways ending far away from home and often without a home to go back to And while I've heard of it I've read about these Holocaust survivors who end up in rather uninspiring displaced persons camps and I picked up that sense of how disappointing of a liberation this was I've never read about the experience itself in the camps 22 The Reawakening by Primo Levitranslation 1965 from Italian by Stuart Woolf with an afterword translated by Ruth Feldman in the 1980’spublished 1963format 1995 edition paperbackacuired Februaryread Apr 20 28time reading 8 hr 2 min 22 minpagerating 5locations Poland Belarus Romania Hungary Germany Italy about the author Jewish author from Turin Italy July 31 1919 –April 11 1987


  3. says:

    Where Survival in Auschwitz took my breath away and made me unable to move The Reawakening filled me with hope again Oh of course it's still I don't even know the word But here I did laugh a couple of times while it moved me at the same time It was less intense than Survival in Auschwitz but it did gave me space in my chest again Which is probably a strange way to put it but that's the only way to describe it


  4. says:

    In The Reawakening Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi describes his epic journey home to Italy after the Russians liberated the camps It's a worthy seuel to Levi's Survival in Auschwitz but also stands on its own as a picaresue and poignant adventure Levi's emphasis on language as necessity to survival carries over from his earlier book and you learn the words he learns as he makes his way across Poland and into Russia and through Hungary and Romania You learn as he learns the black market value of a shirt in eggs hard boiled or uncooked You learn the supreme importance of shoes and of mechanical and psychological ingenuity Above all you learn the stories he learns from his fellow displaced people deportees camp survivors POWs soldiersOf course you don't learn just as he learns Although he describes it very well it is difficult to fully realize the destruction of Europe after WWII There has been no war inside my country for 140 years So it's hard to imagine the full effects of the breakdown of infrastructure regular economy and government that results from war It took Levi something like 10 months to get to Italy from Poland In most places currency was useless so people had to find other ways to get food and clothing There was enormous migration as people who had been displaced or deported tried to get home at one point because it was the only language they shared Levi tried to describe the concentration camps in Latin to a priest Oh it's an amazing book and I imagine in certain ways it has illustrations for things happening in Ira right now But you can also check out the video podcast of Alive in Baghdad to see some stories of how people are dealing with daily life under occupationThis book is also sometimes called The Truce and was made into a movie of the same name I haven't seen that movie for two reasons 1 John Turturro stars as Primo Levi I just can't get over the fact that John Turturro is tall and physically imposing How can he be the great listener that Levi was? 2 I want to make a movie of the Reawakening and I have lots of big ideas about it that I guess probably won't be in the Truce but I don't want to spoil them until I really know that I'm never going to make the movie


  5. says:

    Uplifting and sobering account of the author's journey after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Russian advance through Poland near the end of World War 2 For a number of months rather than becoming the ward of focused relief efforts by Allied Forces and the Red Cross like camps further west Levi and a diminishing handful of survivors from the complex of sites labeled Auschwitz faced continuing struggles as they mixed with an incredibly diverse population of refugees from the war These included ex soldiers from Greece and Italy and many other nations political prisoners common criminals German civilian workers of the occupation or escaping the regime Between railroad trips with deprivation in food and clothing there were long stays in refuge camps run by Russian soldiers with never any clear account why Stalin was retaining these populations The medical condition of the camp survivors like Levi was a handicap But it turned out that Levi's skills at language got him some needed help and his science knowledge from his chemist background allowed him favors in service as a medical assistant Apprenticing himself to people who were good at criminal activity was also a key strategy A particular funny scene has one such associate and Levi wandering around a bare landscape at night to find a village where they can barter some plates for a chicken using pantomime replete with clucking Levi's powerful and poetic rendering of this limbo like existence avoids the focus on the pathos of victimhood nor does it indict the German people or our civilization in general Levi's great accomplishment lies in simply bearing close witness to and historical record of both the tragic neglect and the courage of the subjects in his memoir and by plumbing his own inner resources that kept his humanity and hopes


  6. says:

    This second book of PRIMO LEVI's Trilogy about the Holocaust has marked me even than the first one Maybe this happens because it is no longer the mere description of all the atrocities that happened but the incredible period after liberation when through different countries and regions of Europe the very few survivors of the Italian Group that was deported previously to Auschwitz finds itself trying to travel back home The unexpected in this book is this period of peace between liberation and the arrival back home The unbelievable is at the end of the book even though there is a family nature the sweetness of the air and the singing of birds Primo Levy transports within him the terror that will accompany him foreverThat is probably what he will describe in the third volume about those who survive and those who succumbMaria CarmoLisbon 30 June 2015


  7. says:

    This isn't the kind of book that really needs my stamp of approval Some things people should just read and know about and one of those is Primo Levi's experiences He is a phenomenal writer somehow making me see his experiences in a way that not only shocks but also makes an impression on me Such an amazing mind and such a horrific time Everyone should read Survival in Auschwitz and follow up with this one I dare you not to be changed


  8. says:

    This book begins where Levi's If This Is A Man ends with him newly freed as the Germans fled Auschwitz With the same attentive unsentimental unflinching observation Levi recount the 10 month journey home to Italy through Belarus Ukraine Romania Hungary Austria and Germany traveling with Italian prisoners of war and other concentration camp survivors The story reminds me how little I know about the Eastern front after the war which in many ways must have seemed like a new world after the old one had been shelled to death


  9. says:

    I think this is one of the most shockingly beautiful books How can you be so filled with depression and hope at the same time? The images of his travels throughout Europe his view of the world as if he is an extraterrestial learning how to live Everyone should read this book


  10. says:

    This is going to sound slightly unhinged but this might just be the greatest road book ever and would make an absolutely fantastic movie Where Survival in Auschwitzdeals with intensity of human suffering and inhumanity focused down to a white hot point almost beyond language this book deals with an aftermath that of course was anything but simple The story of how Levi returned home to Italy afterwards the book manages to capture both the preservation of his essential humaneness and the large scale dislocation of peoples that marked immediately post war Europe The most astounding set piece in a truly astounding book is the story of death camp refugees holed up in an unlikely ex country estate somewhere in what is now Belarus setting up a sort of community theater I waded through Survival in Auschwitz was stung by it and abhore the asshole previous reader who noted in hisher marginalia the development of a natural market economy among death camp inmates but without this book that is only a partial document of Levi's experience