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Off evil to the lustful thoughts of an older man obsessed with a mysterious woman in a seaside villa In the title story Levi demonstrates his unerringly tragic understanding of the fragility of the universe through the tale of a pensive astronom. 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 downright breezy compared to his dark 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

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Er terrified by the possibility that a long dormant 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 time. 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 was a lot that felt and some definitely was unfinished fragmentary or at least unrealized I understand the drive to share every scrap of the work of a genius I have learned from several exhibits of Leonardo s notebooks than I have from dozens 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

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These seventeen stories first published in Italian between and demonstrate 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 wards. 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


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  1. says:

    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 do you know what I was not disappointed In fact I thoroughly enjoyed each story as each one showed a different side to his skills as a writer and as a story teller an aspect that prob

  2. says:

    Not all the short stories 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 defined him as an Holocaust survivor

  3. says:

    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 fou

  4. says:

    Initially excitementBut a cheat by the publishersThese are NOT unpublished stories at allAll have been published

  5. says:

    There are times when I pick a book at random off a library shelf and don'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 lon

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    Imaginative Captivating Precise And carefully crafted

  8. says:

    It pains me to give a book one star It truly doesThe 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 downhill uickly I hated most stories after that The fifth storyno Just no Not sure

  9. says:

    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 was a lot that felt and some definitely was unfinished fragmentary or at least unrealized I understand the drive to share every scrap of the work of a genius I have learned from several exhibits of Leonardo's notebooks than I have from dozens of viewi

  10. says:

    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

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