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Sands in 2001 if we re going to be pedantic I had heard of Primo in 2001 if we re going to be pedantic I had heard of Primo and knew he written a book called The Periodic Table that was named the best science book ever by the Royal Institution of Great Britain I also had an idea he was an Auschwitz survivor but that was the total of my knowledgeNow I know better I m acutely aware that he was not only a scientist and an opponent of Fascism but also an excellent fiction writer The stories in A Tranuil Star are worthy of Italo Calvino and #In Many Ways They #many ways they
CALVINO S OWN VISIONS CONCEPTUAL AGILITY IS THE KEY s own visions Conceptual agility is the key in any summary of the tales contained in this book a truly profound scientific and philosophical intelligence underpins each text and yet the formal mental rigour never weakens or obscures the artistic heart Choosing a favourite piece from the seventeen on Nicholas Flamels First Codex display here is a task fraught withifficulty but One Night stands out as almost unbearably odd and eerie a train is forced to a stop by a mass of fallen leaves in a Alien desolate landscape and falls victim to a tribe ofwarves who methodically Agriculture in Qajar Iran dismantle it and the track it stands on carrying each rivet and metal plate back into the forest It pains me to give a book one star It trulyoesThe first short story could have been great but instead I found it lacking The second story I actually enjoyed Mountain climbing I could have kept reading had it been longerIt went African American Literature in Transition, 1830-1850 downhill uickly I hated most stories after that The fifth storyno Just no Not sure what I read The ending was so unattached I kept reading the book and kept getting madder and madder Whyid I keep reading it I slapped my forehead numerous times One short story I swear the writer got up from his typewriter for a coffee and the Dennis the Menace type of neighbor broke into his house and finished the story for himI need to make it known I love short stories normally It s not that I am opposed to them Just to these particular short storiesSigh Now I know Levi from his writings about the Holocaust and his time in the concentrations camps so when I saw this collection on the shelf in the library I just had to give it a go if only to find out about him as a writer and not just a survivor And À quoi rêvent les algorithmes do you know what I was notisappointed In fact I thoroughly enjoyed each story as each one showed a Initially excitementBut a cheat by the publishersThese are NOT unpublished stories at allAll have been published in Italian for awhileFor some this seems to be their first rendering into EnglishOthers a second rendering into EnglishBut a cover that proclaims UNPUBLISHED STORIES is meant to be misleading to SELLAnd from PENGUIN BOOKS not to be expectedThe Barbarians have taken over Education so why not the BookworldAnother gripeIt is not mention. Wards off evil to the lustful thoughts of an older man obsessed with a mysterious woman in a seaside villa In the title story Levi emonstrates his unerringly tragic understanding of the fragility of the universe through the tale of a pensive astr. Because these stories are generally uite short I found it hard to write individual reviews for them While there were some stories I really enjoyed there were many that were boring or relied too heavily on the reader s outside knowledge By far the best story of the collection was the titular A Tranuil Star I know in the future I will read of Levi s work just because of his importance in Jewish literary canon but in the end I found this first introduction to be particularly underwhelmingOn the translator s introduction I ll never understand why introductions to short story collections so often feel the need to spoil half the stories in the intro They re short stories I ll get to them soon enoughI am a big fan of the all female translation team thoughDeath of Marinese 35Bear Meat 25Censorship in Britinia 45Knall 25In the Park 25The Magic Paint 45Gladiators 45The Fugitive 35One Night 35Fra Diavolo on the Po I refuse to rate this because it s a nonfiction account of Holocaust related ordealsThe Sorcerers 15Bureau of Vital Statistics 35The Girl in the Book 45Buffet Dinner 25The TV Fans from Delta Cep 45The Molecule s Defiance 35A Tranuil Star 55 Most people myself included mostly know Primo Levi from his Holocaust related prose but here he joins his fellow Italians Eco and Calvino in crafting these curious little fables rooted in the natural and social sciences In fact these stories are ownright breezy compared to his ark better known texts like The Periodic Table and The Drowned and the Saved And yet in all of these stories the threat of totalitarianism lurks around the margins What seems like a cute story at first conceals a blade I love Levi s writing he writes with the no nonsense precision of the chemist he was and was excited to read work not focused on #his time in Auschwitz There was some good work here but there #time in Auschwitz There was some good work here but there a lot that felt and some efinitely was unfinished fragmentary or at least unrealized I understand the Managing Activism A Guide to Dealing with Activists and Pressure Groups drive to share every scrap of the work of a genius I have learned from several exhibits of Leonardo s notebooks than I have fromozens of viewings of completed work But for me that was not the case here Glad to have read it for the good pieces and I was intrigued by some of the scraps but my rereads belong to Survival in Auschwitz and the periodic table not all the short The Periodic Table Not all the short in this collection are finished or like stories but I liked the overall feeling Levi was a very talented writer and he was then just the work that Faith Into Action: Thoughts on Selected Topics defined him as an Holocaust survivor There are times when I pick a book at random off a library shelf andon t regret it at all This slim volume caught my eye for no particular reason but turned out to be one of the best collections of short stories I ve read for a long time probably si. These seventeen stories first published in Italian between 1949 and 1986 emonstrate Levi's extraordinary range taking the reader from the primal resistance of a captured partisan fighter to a middle aged chemist experimenting with a new paint that. ,
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Ed that Levi committed suicide in his brief end flap biography Is this another white lie from this American Penguin publisher Too nasty to mention Too much like a self inflicted euthanasia A Political Correctness symptomatic of America s malaise and eclineTHE STORIESThese are not the story at all Much freerOften short surreal obsessively honing one imageLike essays reallySo another misnomer from the Thankfully it IS Primo Levi The collection Academic Motherhood: How Faculty Manage Work and Family demands to be rereadperhaps a few timesAnd I have found recent revisiting worthwhileThe few thato merit the conventional title of short storyare excellentOne Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel describes the last moments of a suicide bomber he s an Italian partisan hoping to take out his truckload of Nazi captors so we can safely cheer him sympathise and perhaps even get to understandthe current terroristsAmazing that Penguinidn t censor the whole taleAnother Bear Meat Uprising Emerge Series describes two separate groups of male mountain climberswho recountlisten to tales of Youth s impetuousness and opportunity to live on the edge free to make mistakes and of being your own masterand of beingrunk in your freedom One of the three narrators recognises these uoted phrases above as having their origin not with
mountain climbers but with a sailorin his book ear to mewho had writtenclimbers but with a sailorin his book ear to mewho had written the gifts of the seaPrimo Levi is here acknowledging his Dare To Be Hero debt to that famous examiner of men s lives in rare or precarious moral and physical situations Joseph ConradPrimo Levi had experienced such situations in the most infamous of testing grounds his were not gifts of the sea but gifts of Auschwitz Thanks Primo Imaginative Captivating Precise And carefully crafted Who knew Levi had a penchant for fantasist storytelling Several of the stories in here are whimsical and it was a treat to experience since I ve only read the heavy works by Levi Bureau of Vital Statistics was my favorite but In the Park was neat the place where book characters go to live before they fade awayEven the stories that seemed like a brief chronicle from his real life rather than a complete short story had worth like the following lineWe were at that age when you have the need and the instinct and the immodesty to inflict on others everything that is seething in your head and elsewhere it s an age that can last a long time but ends at the first compromiseAnd in the aforementioned story where characters from books reside the wonderful confirmation that my own assertion that there are too many prostitutes in fiction nearly all written by men usually as some sort of plotevice to move their male protagonists emotionally or otherwise comes the line from the guide about who lives in the town Prostitutes above all in a percentage absolutely Sedition and Alchemy: A Biography of John Cale disproportionate to actual need. Onomer terrified by the possibility that a longormant star might explode and reduce the entire planet to vapor This remarkable new collection affirms Italo Calvino's conviction that Levi was one of the most important and gifted writers of our tim.